Signiture of artist Hans Liska

Liska at the front line at Leningrad, Oct 1942

The decision to become a draftsman flared up in him when he was given drawing material from an American donation. After a few years as a trained accountant, he finally found his way to art college through performing violin and piano. After leaving art school, he was called to St. Gallen, Switzerland, to work as the studio manager in a large advertising agency due to his exceptional skills.

Hans Liska was always on the lookout, curiously searching, passionate, always after the essentials in reality, in people and things. With his incomparable courage for individuality, critical scepticism and his individual character, the individuals were always in the foreground of his work.

Liska became world famous through his work during the war and later for Mercedes and other well-known German companies. Every day he worked on his unique oeuvre, which he loved to share with the world.

The Artist's Life

Born in Vienna, Austria

19 November 1907

As the son of a postman and the first master butcher in Vienna, Hans had a carefree childhood. As a trained clerk, he worked his way to the fine arts through piano and violin concerts.

Childhood and Youth until 1926

Vienna, Austria

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1926 - 1929

Kunstgewerbeschule Vienna

1930 - 1933

Schweiz

Three-year degree under Prof. Ferdinand Spiegel and first works for the large “Berliner Illustrierte” of Ullstein Verlag. Only a few works from this period survived the war. Among them many drawings in the Berliner Illustrierte.

1933 - 1940

Berlin

1936

Berlin

1936

London

For a report on the Roosevel race in New York, Liska wins several national and international short film awards. He also records the race in drawings.

1937 - 1938

New York

War missions as a war correspondent directly at the front line stayed with Liska for the rest of his life. After successfully avoiding conscription into the Wehrmacht for many years, he was drafted into the propaganda unit in 1940. For many years he was flown to all major front lines all over Europe and processed what he saw for many subsequent years.

1940 - 1945

Second World War

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1944

Berlin / Reichenbach

War Sketch Book

Publication of the world-famous war sketchbook by Buhrbanck-Publishers by Carl Werner Reichenbach i.V. with foreword by Walther Kiaulehn. The book describes the life of a soldier at the front in all its facets and also impressively reflects the chaos of war in the final years accompanied by the destruction of man and machine.

Liska experienced the last months of the war in Stübig near Bamberg. His company was evacuated from Berlin by the invading occupation forces. Thanks to his self-sufficient status, he was initially housed in an inn and escaped captivity. Liska, who was never a member of the NSDAP, was immediately acquitted of all allegations of complicity.

After the war Scheßlitz became his new adopted home, where he met his wife Lisl and married her shortly afterwards. He lived and worked here for the rest of his life and had two daughters.

End of WW II (1944)

Stübig and Scheßlitz by Bamberg

During the years following the war Liska worked with many large illustrated magazines like the newly founded 'Quick' and other large illustrated magazines and newspapers. With his colourful imagination he gave life to many futurist visions and inventions.

after 1945

Stübig and Scheßlitz by Bamberg

1949

Rom

Portrait of Pope Pius XI

Private audience in Rome with the Pope to create a portrait on the inception of the Holy Year. The portrait was printed on the cover of "Quick" magazine.

Years of collaboration with Daimler-Benz during the 1950s shaped Liska's artistic portfolio. Liska became known internationally through the impressive display of rapid technology and its speed.

50er Jahre

worldwide collaboration with Daimler-Benz

from 1951

publications

As a sought-after graphic designer, Liska designs advertisements for many well-known German companies, including Kaufhof-AG, Degussa, Märklin, Quelle, Farbwerke Hoechst, Mülhens (4711) and the Henkell Sektkellerei. But also local companies such as the Schlenkerla smoked beer brewery in Bamberg were among his customers.

50s & 60s

Graphic Design Germany-wide

Liska published large parts of his Home in several Illustrated books.

60er / 70er

back to the roots

Passed away in Wertheim

26 December 1983

Liska's World War experiences
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his work for Daimler-Benz