Agatha Wojciechowsky

1896 to 1986, Germany

Agatha Wojciechowsky was born in Stainach, Germany, and experienced her first visions already when she was four. At 27 she emigrated to America. In New York she worked as a maidservant, seamstress, laundress and kitchenhand.

She was also a spiritual healer and medium. In 1951 she began to produce mediumistic drawings. These show figures with abstract forms and symbols. Heads and faces are drawn with a dynamic, firm line. Often drawn in profile, the figures have a sculptural appeal. In the 1960s, Kaspar König discovered the artist in New York and introduced her to Ursula and Rudolf Zwirner, with whom she lived for a time. In the Cologne art scene she was known both for her drawings and for her seances. Her estate was given to the Galerie Zander by Rudolf Zwirner. Works by Agatha Wojciechowsky can be seen at MoMA, New York and the Whitney Museum, New York, in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and in the Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne.

 

Selected works