*1965 in Worms – lives in Osthofen
Julius Grünewald mainly paints motifs which he is personally connected with. But this is not an urgent form of coping with his past; rather, it may be the choice of the obvious, his current surroundings, or something that accompanied him through his childhood. The content and its evaluation are of less importance; instead, the naming of objects, animals, and on rare occasion people is the moment around which his very free painting forms. Between 1987 and 1994, Grünewald studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe under Per Kirkeby, Horst Antes, Max G. Kaminski, Stephan Balkenhol, and Silvia Bächli. From 1989, he moved multiple times and lived in Budapest, Cologne, Chemnitz, and Lehnitz near Berlin. Today, he lives and works in Osthofen in Rhineland-Palatinate. In 2008, he received an EHF scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and in the same year Kunsthalle Mannheim organised an exhibition of his work. In 2010, he received an art prize at the International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe and in 2016 an international prize for painting from the Wolfgang Blanke Foundation at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.