Hella De Santarossa

* 12. June 1955 Düsseldorf (Germany)
works and lives in Berlin

Hella De Santarossa is represented through twelve of his artworks at the museum FLUXUS+ permanent exhibition::
"Tautropfen schimmern im Netz", mixed technique on canvas (2010)
"Crazy love", painting on nettle (1981)
"Philosophen - Obelsik", steel frame, mouth-blown, double-walled antique glass with etched texts (1998)
"2+2=1", Glas, mouth-blown glass, collaged (1990)
"Der Hose an - aus", acryl on nettle (1982)
"In Trans Luc IV", 2 glass leg, hollow, double edge, filled with air and glass (2005)
"Rotglut" in Berlin, mixed technique on nettle (1981)
"Ressouretio", glass panels for the resurrection window (2002)
"An - Oui", mixed technique on nettle (1984)
"Muchacha" true picture, acryl on nettle (1981)
"Venus entsteigt dem Wasser", glass and moth-blown, collaged (1984)
"En manege", rattan, tone glazed, burned (2010)

The painter, sculptor, photographer and filmmaker Hella De Santarossa was born in Düsseldorf in 1949. She is regarded as a pioneer of “Die Jungen Wilden”, is a certified stained-glass artist, and calls herself a cross-artist. She combines new with old media, crossing painting, glass, performance, and film. Light, air, and time are pivotal elements in her multifaceted work.

In the late 1960s she co-founded the first concept-art-gallery in Düsseldorf. In 1967 she earned her diploma as a certified stained-glass artist. In 1973 she started studying painting with Prof. Hödicke at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Alongside painting, she began producing short films and received, as the first “Junge Wilde”, a scholarship for film at the Art Institute San Francisco. The experimental films she produced during that time were shown at the Berlinale in 1981. More scholarships from institutions like the German Academic Exchange Service and the Schmidt-Rottluff-Foundation followed.

In 1987 Hella De Santarossa won the competition for the re-design of the roundabout on the Theodor-Heuss-Platz in Berlin. Eight years later, in 1987, the “Blue Obelisk”, a 15 metre high detached glass tower, was completed on the square. In 1997 De Santarossa presented her “Needle of Time”, a kinetic sculpture, at the Documenta Kassel. One year later she painted the 30 metre long frieze “The Red and White Cart” depicting the history of the German Social Democratic Party which first found its home in the Bundestag in Bonn and later moved to the Reichstag in Berlin in 2000. In 2002 she participated in the second Biennale in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was also part of the Biennale in Venice in 2007 with her exhibition of selected works under the title “Chlorophyll”.

Inbetween her creative periods, she had several teaching appointments as a guest professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the College of Arts in Sydney.

A focal point of her glass works is sacred art. Glass art by Hella De Santarossa can be found in the newly built church “St. Florian” in Munich-Riem, the St. Marien-Liebfrauen-Basilika in Berlin, the Heiliggeistkirche in Heidelberg and the Simon-Petrus-Kirche in Bremen.


11. September 2010 - 30. January 2011 in atrium iof the museum FLUXUS+

Ausstellung: "NINE 4 FIVE - Neue Werke in der Sammlung"
16. February bis 28. April 2013 in atrium iof the museum FLUXUS+




Geboren in Düsseldorf, Deutschland


Diplom als staatlich geprüfte Glasmalerin


Umzug nach Berlin

Studium der Freien Malerei an der Hochschule der Künste bei Prof. Hödicke


Siegerin des Wettbewerbs zur Gestaltung der Fenster in der Heiliggeist Kirche Heidelberg


Siegerin des Wettbewerbs zur Gestaltung eines Marien-Fensters im Christus-Pavillon auf der EXPO 2000 in Hannover


Wahl der Erzbischöflichen Bau- und Kunstkommission zur Gestaltung des Kirchenzentrums München-Riem

Teilnehemerin der 2.Biennale, Buenes Aires, Argentinien


Ausgestaltung der St.Floriankirche in München-Riem


Zahlreiche Ausstellungen und Auftragsproduktionen im In- und Ausland

Individual exhibition (selection)



"Malereien", Goethe-Institut, San Francisco, U.S.A.


"Traumbilder", Kunstverein Heidelberg, Deutschland

"Flagpaintings", Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut in Heidelberg, Deutschland


"Heiße Erde", Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Deutschland


"Glasskulpturen", Galerie H. Barlach in Köln, Deutschland


"Werkstatt", Ausstellung in der Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Deutschland


"Bankkonto H.S.",Rahmenprogramm der Documenta in Kassel, Deutschland


"LöwenBauten", Gallerie Vostell in Berlin, Deutschland


Ökomenischer Kirchentag - Lichtinstallation Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, Deutschland


Ausgestaltung der St.Floriankirche in München-Riem, Deutschland


„Die Mauer muss … IST weg!“ Ausstellung im Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin, Deutschland


"In allen vier Ecken soll Liebe drin stecken" im museum FLUXUS+ in Potsdam, Deutschland
Grants and awards
Preise und Stipendien:Deutscher Kunstfond
Einladung in die Villa Romagna
Lectures and teaching


Gastprofessur an der Osloer Kunstakademie, der Slade School in Lodon


Gastprofessur am Sydney College of Art und der Fine Arts School in Melbourne

Exhibitions in museum FLUXUS+

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