Ulrich Leman

As a child, Ulrich was precocious, drawing and painting at an early age. He mounted his first exhibition at 15 years old. He served in Russia and Poland during WWI then returned unharmed to Dusseldorf and his art studies. “Leman lived in Deia from 1928 to 1942. His first home in Deia was in the clot. Writing with a typewriter in his garden he had a considerable audience of bewildered locals whose familiarity with a typewriter was minimal, if not at all”. Robert Graves arrived soon after and a story suggests that Deia’s new painter and writer of the moment (Leman and Graves) – had an abrupt falling out over a game of chess. A well-known Deya phenomenon. His newfound friendship with Pepe Font de Vila is evidenced in a portrait from 1935. A number of excellent paintings celebrate these early years in Deia - landscapes, seascapes, processions, folkloric dancers, still lifes and religious paintings. His advice to Pepe when giving him painting lessons was: “You have to become very angry to get into the painting. Then, once in the painting, you see the lion’s claws.” The Spanish Civil War and 1939 WWII took him back to Germany where he remained for the next 20 years. When the German government wanted to give him a medal he refused saying “I was not a soldier, I was an artist.” He spent the next 25 years between Deia and Germany and returned for good in 1983 where he remained painting Mediterranean themes in the company of Pepe, their friend Roberto and more cats than anyone could keep track of…