Bernard Schultze was born in 1915 in Schneidemühl (today Piła, Poland). He studied at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf from 1934 to 1939. He lived in Frankfurt am Main from 1947 to 1968, but regularly spent time in Paris. In 1952 he was a founder mem­ber of the Quadriga artists’ group. Among numerous honours, he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hesse Culture Prize and the Lovis Corinth Prize of the Guild of Artists. He took part in documenta in Kassel three times. Schultze died in 2005 in Cologne.