Dagmar Schad was born in Stettin/Germany in 1944. First she was concerned with sculpture and painting. The art academies at Trier, Bad Reichenhall and Kolbermoor as well as the Städelschule Frankfurt gave her the opportunity to continue her training in the fine arts. She took classes with Hermann Nitsch, Markus Lüpertz, Peter Tomschiscek und Bernd Zimmer. She lives and works as freelance artist in Aschaffenburg.
Dagma Schad´s paintings have something in common with what Jean-François Lyotard said about modernism. To him modernism reflects the “sublime” in the sense of the vast, grand, threatening and chaotic powers which Immanuel Kant had attributed to the sublime before him. The artist´s abstract depictions are dedicated to the topics of the environment, the idea of being at the mercy of the natural powers and human stupidity. The sense of “boundlessness” and “force” is supported by the powerful, expressive gestures of her brushstrokes. Even though she made up her mind about the meanings of certain colors– such as that carmine red stands for power and death, blue for distance, eternity and solitude–, her paintings are supposed no more than the aesthetic frame for possible thoughts which must be perfected by the viewers themselves.
Dagmar Schad has had numerous exhibitions in Europe and has been represented by LDXArtodrome Gallery since 2020.