“Through time and cultures I am searching for the smallest common denominator of being human.”
Gabriele was born after the Second World War in Germany. She grew up in soviet-occupied East Germany. She holds an Associates Degree in Design with a Specialty Focus on Toys. In 1972 she received her Diploma at the College for Art and Design in Halle at the Saale, Germany. She also was an artistic assistant during her sophomore and junior years at the college. Since then she has been a freelance artist in her own studio in Woelkau, Germany, and since 2006 in her new studios in Leipzig, Germany (home to the New Leipzig School of artists) as well as in Landshut, Bavaria in Germany. Initially, she created concepts for playgrounds, as well as designed and executed large toy objects made of polyester resin.
She continued with other artistic works with children, some on a smaller scale than her playgrounds. She continued her artistic education at the evening school for the Visual Arts for Youth. She started creating wooden toys and objects used in children therapy at social institutions. Since the political change in Germany she focuses on colored wood sculptures and portraits. She also creates installations in other media such as sculptures in soap stone, bronze, alabaster, paintings in oil, and drawings in pencil, chalk or graphite.
Gabriele’s work can be seen in multiple galleries in Germany and in the United States.