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Werner Schneider

Werner  Schneider

Werner Schneider

Wiesbaden, Germany

Calligrapher artist, Professor of Graphic Design at the Fachhochschule Wiesbaden (University of Applied Sciences), font designer


Werner Schneider was born in Marburg/Lahn, Germany in 1935. He studied lettering arts under Prof. Friedrich Poppl at the Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden. Later he became a teacher there with a special emphasis on calligraphy and design.

He has been a professor of Graphic Design at the Fachhochschule Wiesbaden (University of Applied Sciences) since 1971. He is also a freelance calligrapher and font designer. Schneider deals in corporate, logo, font, and book design.

He has been a member of Type Directors Club, New York since 1987.

He is an Honoured member of Letter Exchange, London (1988), Society of Scribes Ltd. New York (1999). Schneider is an Honoured Fellow of the CLAS Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, London (1995), etc.

Schneider designed typefaces for Berthold AG Berlin (later Chicago), Schneider Antiqua, Schneider Libretto, Vialog, Sunetta, and Satero.

Numerous exhibitions in Europe, the United States of America, Australia, Canada, China, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea and South Africa.

Numerous publications in international professional editions.

Solo exhibition “Werner-Schneider-Archives of the Academy of Arts, Berlin”. Later on his works were showcased in Victoria and Albert Museum London; Book and Arts Special Collection of The San Francisco Library; Newberry Library Chicago, Musée des Arts de l“Écriture, Paris; Prince of Wales Museum Bombay; Klingspor-Museum Offenbach am Main, etc.

Numerous awards from the following institutions:

  • “For Typographic Excellence” prize, the Type Directors Club New York,
  • the Art Directors Club, New York,
  • Merit Award, the First International Exhibition 1987,
  • Gold Medal for Schneider-Antiqua from Biennale of Graphic Design Brno-Czechoslovakia,
  • Rudo Spemann Prize, Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach am Main, etc.

Author works

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Hand-made paper, watercolours, wooden stick and pen, 48x62 cm, 2010


Hand-made paper, metal pen, 44x64 cm, 1992

Geometry can produce … Paul Standard

Handmade paper, hiero-note pen, Indian ink, 45x33 cm, 1997

I am that I am. Exodus 3.14

Japanese paper, wooden stick, metal pen, gilding, 22,5x29,5 cm, 1998


Japanese paper, Chinese ink, Chinese pen, 40x53 cm, 2005

My fault, my own fault, my most grevious fault…

Handmade paper, watercolor, wooden stick, 61x42 cm, 1998

Every man is a sinner; it is the nature of the sin that differs. Lichtenberg

Handmade paper, Chinese ink, wooden stick, 35x50 cm, 2003

The Roman capitals were not made for one day

Paper, watercolor, small pen, 21x30 cm, 2000

Believe me, a serious cause is a source of true joy. Seneca

Paper, watercolor, Sweden pen, 21x30 cm, 2004

The artist is just one who can turn solution to riddle. Karl Kraus

Handmade paper, glass pen, Indian ink, 16x31 cm, 2001

My heart is Astir…. Psalm 45,3

Sweden pen on Handmade paper 48x62 cm, 2008

Psalm 139

Hand-made paper, metal pen, ink, 43x61 cm, 2009

Postcard № 1

A postcard with Mahatma Gandhi’s dictum “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed”, 21x29 cm, 2009

Postcard № 2

A postcard with dictum, 21x29 cm, 2001

Postcard № 3

A postcard with dictum, 21x29 cm, 2002

Postcard № 4

A postcard with dictum, 21x29cm, 2003

Postcard № 5

A postcard with dictum, 21x29 cm, 2005

Postcard № 6

A postcard with variations of “A”, 21x29 cm, 2005

Postcard № 7

A postcard with John F. Kennedy’s dictum, 21x29 cm, 2007

Postcard № 8

A postcard with dictum “Good day for good things”, 21x20 cm, 2008

Postcard № 9

A postcard with dictum “We all make mistakes”, 19x29 cm, 2003

Postcard № 10

Postcard with dictum, 21x29 cm

Postcard № 11

A postcard with dictum “Vitam impendere vero”, 20x10 cm, 2004

Postcard № 12

A postcard with dictum “The Roman capital script was not created per diem”, 42x29 cm, 2000

The Roman capitals were not intended for one day

Paper, watercolor, hiero-note pen, 21x30 cm, 2000
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