Wolfgang Lehnhardt was born north of Hamburg, Germany in 1947. Living near the North Sea, his love of art was part of his earliest days, surrounded by the maritime paintings of his father, Rudi Otto Max Lehnhardt. Drawing was a favorite pastime and in the mid-1950s, the family moved to Austin, Texas where he began entering competitions at Laguna Gloria Art Museum. In 1960 he moved to Colorado and began traveling extensively throughout the west where landscape photography and mountaineering from Mexico to Alaska became a passion. He thrived on being in remote places, narrow canyons and on mountain peaks. He paints these places because he loves being among the dramatic play of light and color on the landscape.
In the 1980s while directed art galleries in Vail, Aspen, Taos and Sedona, his interest in painting and drawing was rekindled. Wolfgang is drawn to the works of the Taos Founders and studied at the Fechin Institute with Ray Vinella of Florence, Italy who now reside in Taos, New Mexico. Wolfgang enjoys working in oils and colored pencil. His preferred medium is watercolor with pastel overlay which gives his paintings an added dimension. His paintings are shown in galleries throughout the Southwest and are collected on five continents.