Born on September 4, 1936 in Hagen, Germany, Rolf Escher began his career as an artist at the Düsseldorf Art Academy before turning to a course of study in German philology at the University of Cologne. The fact that both of these possible paths of life seem to have favoured the artist’s path is demonstrated by the early establishment of his own studio, initially in his home town of Hagen, later in Düsseldorf. As early as 1968, Escher set up an etching workshop in Essen-Stadtwald, which was extremely productive from the very beginning and over the years brought the artist enormous experience in working with the etching needle. Between 1967 and 1978 he was rewarded for the ingenuity of his motifs and his skillful handling of printing techniques with various medals of honour and prizes. In 1967 he received the Medal of Honour of the 4th International Graphic Artiennale in Frechen, in 1977 the prize of the 12th International Graphic Biennale Ljubljana and in 1978 the Hans-Thoma-Medal Reutlingen. In 1988, the prize of the 5th International Portrait Biennale Tuzla was also awarded. The success Escher had with his prints and drawings is testified by the many solo and permanent exhibitions of his works, among others in large houses such as the Kunstsammlung des Landtages in Düsseldorf, the Bibliothèque Royale Albert I. in Brussels, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rhine State Museum Bonn and the Museum Folkwang in Essen.Since 1965 Rolf Escher has also been an art teacher, first at the Grashofgymnasium in Essen-Bredeney, later as professor in the design and graphic design department at the Münster University of Applied Sciences. He laid them down in 2000 after 36 years in order to devote himself entirely to art.