Wolfgang Ritschel

“Learned in Science, Explored in Art”
April 9 – September 14, 2009

Scientist. Philosopher. Artist! This is not an exaggeration. Wolfgang Ritschel is all of these.

Born in Trautenau, in what is now the Czech Republic, and raised in Vienna, Ritschel excelled at both left brain and right brain disciplines from an early age. His formal training in painting, starting at age 14, extended to his undergraduate days at the University of Vienna, where he eventually earned a doctorate in philosophy. Ritschel continued his education earning doctorates in pharmacology and medicine and a master’s degree in pharmacy. Ritschel taught at universities in Austria, Bangladesh, and Switzerland before arriving at the University of Cincinnati in 1968. At Cincinnati he held a dual appointment as professor of pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy and professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics in the College of Medicine; he is now professor emeritus. In his 29 years in Cincinnati he published 14 books and 370 of his over 440 scientific articles, and secured 22 patents. He was a pioneer in pharmacokinetics,and was honored for his ground-breaking work in the field by numerous academies, including the Fulbright Senior Scholar program and the Royal Academy of Spain.

ritschelDuring his years as a scientific scholar and teacher, Ritschel never lost his passion for painting and sculpture. He continued training in these disciplines at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Miami University, and the Anderson Art Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado. He began exhibiting his work in the early 1990s. By 2008 Ritschel had over 60 solo shows in the U.S., Europe, and South America, and had participated in over 290 group shows, including the International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005 in Florence, Italy. Museums, corporations, and private collectors worldwide have added Ritschel’s works to their collections. Ritschel describes his painting style as expressionism influenced by fauvism. The subject matter is mostly landscapes or cityscapes of places he has visited. He captures people living in these locations, with their cultural character and social mores. Ritschel’s sculptures deal almost exclusively with medical themes using an unusual medium: leaded stained glass and discarded, mostly stainless steel medical instruments. The influence of his many visits to South America is readily apparent, especially in Ritschel’s paintings. “I use extremely brilliant, vibrant, bright fauvistic color schemes as well as strong cloisonnistic encasements and overlapping,” Ritschel says. When teaching clinical pharmacokinetics and doing medical research in South America he traveled through the Andes Mountains and was struck by the different color perception at the high altitude. The profound impact of that experience is evident in all of Ritschel’s paintings, and epitomizes the confluence of his disparate, yet complementary talents.

About the Artist was provided by Stephen Marine, University of Cincinnati Libraries

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34 Responses to “Wolfgang Ritschel”

  • Dr. D. Smith says:

    As a former student of Dr. Ritschel’s and later as a professional colleague, I continue to marvel at his intellect and ability to creatively integrate pharmacy, medicine, and faith through art. I hope every pharmacy student will have an opportunity to view this showing.

    After an outstanding career in pharmacy and research, Dr. Ritschel has taken his years of experience in the clinical sciences and developed not only very thought-provoking canvases but also extremely creative sculptures. He told me that he collected all the old surgical knives and scissors from a hospital for years and then transformed them into sculptures depicting the blending of science, health and the universe.

    I would encourage everyone to try to find the wisdom and often humor in each of Dr. Ritschel’s pieces of art. His creative expression is truly unique.

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  • doris diaz ponce says:

    Doctor Ritschel, lo saludo muy cariñosamente,¡que emoción saber de usted a través del google! soy colega suya de nacionalidad peruana, tengo 58 años y estudié farmacia en la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Lima Perú; en el año 1973-74 usted visitó nuestro país y dictó catedra en los albores de la biofarmacia. Sus grandes voceros fueron el Dr. Moises Banarer Parijier y la Dra. Bertha Pareja (supe que en Chile el Dr.Aquiles Arancibia también lo admiraba mucho). Yo preparé mi tesis de grado de bachiller con un tema relacionado con la biofarmacia “Racionalización de la terapia con Gentamicina mediante el empleo de nomogramas” eso fue totalmente innovador e incomprendido en el año 1974, son 35 años de actuación profesional en medio de muchos abatares y ahora en medio de tanta especialización de nuestra profesión quisiera retomar los conocimientos que usted impartió y probablemente siguió impartiendo a través de todos estos años. Quisiera contactarme con usted y retomar lo que alguna vez perdí en el camino. Atentamente. Q.F. Doris Díaz Ponce teléfono Codigo Perú-001-3401694, Dirección Jr. La Libertad 148, Piso 4 Urbanización Santa Patricia – La Molina

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  • Jamie says:

    Dr. Ritschel is a wonderful person.

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  • Neil says:

    Dr. Ritschel is renowned and very professional.

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  • Hugo Santos says:

    awesome gallery and excellent way to present it. how did you managed to do that?

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  • I’m one of those blessed people to see Dr. Ritschel’s art show. Such a talented man.

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  • Mark says:

    What a talented person! Hopefully I will get to see his art show someday

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  • Sports Agent says:

    Looking forward to the upcoming exhibit. Great work!

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  • wow that was beutiful, love the artwork can wait to see Dr. Ritschel art show!

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  • Dr. Ritschel is a truly a Renaissance Man.I love the orange mitochondria:)

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  • corner sofa says:

    wow that was beautiful, love the artwork can wait to see Dr. Ritschel art show!

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  • Bella Skye says:

    Indeed, Dr. Ritschel uses extremely brilliant, vibrant, bright fauvistic color schemes as well as strong cloisonnistic encasements and overlapping. A cell-like painting a very example of what he said. I love it!

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  • Hmm I can’t decide if I like that painting or not. Orange mitochondria….didn’t know what it was.

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  • Ada says:

    Dr. Ritschel art show is the best. Keep up the good work.

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  • Dr.Aquiles Arancibia también lo admiraba mucho). Yo preparé mi tesis de grado de bachiller con un tema relacionado con la biofarmacia “Racionalización de la terapia con Gentamicina mediante el empleo de nomogramas” eso fue totalmente innovador e incomprendido en el año 1974, son 35 años

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  • kapilajain says:

    5.This is a wonderful pic and I like all Dr. Ritschel art show!
    probiotics supplements

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  • Dr. Wolfgang Ritschel art show is really thought provoking. I really admire the arts done by him. Looking forward for another exhibition like this.

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  • Lovely picture with lovely art show. Good work man.

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  • There are many people searching about that and now they will find enough resources from your post. I love his artworks. They are lively with strong elements.

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  • Nice pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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  • For something that is quite dark, these bacteria and other microorganisms liven up with the color that is applied by Ritschel, how utterly fascinating.

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  • Found it kinda hard to navigate my way around the photos but still a pretty cool thing to have. Think there is even an iphone app you can use to make the tour thing better… or did you use the app to make it already?

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  • Great artwork .and great post too.thanks for sharing.

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  • Very wonderful pictures with a nice post.

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  • Sean McCaskey says:

    I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Wolfgang Ritchel before he passed. He was a very kind and nice man with alot passion about his Artwork. I acquired a wonderful Original Early piece of Art that he painted in Chile titled “Misty Morning” . It is a boat painting that was done in Pastels.. It is signed and one of his earliest art works I have seen so far. We spoke for a long time and I was able to find out everything about the painting I aquired. The painting is catalogued in his files on his artwork. I would like to sell this painting. If you are interested, Please feel free to contact me for photos and price.
    Sean M
    seantbird96@aol.com

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  • Pretty! This was a really wonderful post.

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  • Dr. Ritschel is one of my favorite professors at UMBC

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  • I really think that those paintings are related with quite influenced by French modernism and especially impressionism. Love it!

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  • fingerprint says:

    nice painting and wonderful post.

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  • Cool paintings…I was trying to go outside and have a look around also but couldn’t..

    Webmaster of Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor ac401

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  • Love the paintings, very nice post

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  • I liked his painting “Healing in the Jungle”.

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  • I liked the Freedom Fighter. “The famous cow that escaped from a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati and now lives at the Upstate New York estate and animal shelter of artist Peter Max.”

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  • Arly says:

    Wow .. The combination of science and art is amazing. Thank you for introducing me to the figure of a genius Ritschel
    good article for the post

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