Röhlke, Wolfgang

Wolfgang Röhlke showed an interest in literature, classical music and art from an early age. This confused his family and caused him to be bullied at school. When his first job as a book-keeper came to an abrupt end, he took lessons in drawing and painting at the Free Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. He worked in the Viakunst creative gallery every week.

One of Röhlke’s main sources of inspiration was Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) and his Thelema religion. Crowley was fascinated by by the occult and wrote many books on astrology, the I Ching, the Tarot, the cabbala, numerology, Sufism, and transcendent and sexual magic. Röhlke studied all of his books, applied the knowledge during rituals and processed these experiences in his drawings.

Wolfgang Röhlke
1954 Lünenburg, Germany - 2013 Rotterdam, The Netherlands