Born in Stettin, Germany, Manfred Schatz attended the School of Applied Arts in his hometown and was then admitted to the art academy in Berlin before he was 18. The story goes that the painter became interested in depicting animals in nature during his captivity by the Russians during World War II. Then, from the 60s and 70s, he became world famous with his animal paintings. The strength of his work lies in the painter's ability to capture movement. In strong brushstrokes and not too many details, he depicts the animals of forest and field as most of us see them: in a glimpse. It makes his depictions real and alive and it is easy to imagine that Schatz won many prizes during his lifetime, both in Germany and abroad.