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Photo © Jens Grossmann

Ulrike Möltgen

  • lives, paints and teaches in Wuppertal

  • 2001 Diploma in communication design with Wolf Erlbruch

  • from 1997 picture book series "Der Mondbär" (Coppenrath Verlag / Kino / TV)

  • from 2005 artistic cut: picture and children's books by Hanser, Peter Hammer, Gerstenberg and Kunstanstifter, among others)

  • from 2016 cover design, posters, editorial and literature for adults

Awards (selection)


  • German Design Award, Winner

  • Book Art Foundation, The Most Beautiful Books, Honor List

  • nominated for the German Youth Literature Prize

  • Children's Book Prize of the City of Vienna

  • Troisdorf picture book award

  • Austrian Children's and Young People's Book Prize, 2018 and 2020




“What a start! What a sensual language that creeps into the reader's mind. Like the numerous black and white illustrations by Ulrike Möltgen, which, as if covered by a magical veil, approach scenes of history as if to say: “You will never fully understand what you have seen. You will only believe that it could have happened.

Süddeutsche Zeitung on "The Bird Schorsch"

"Enchanting - gorgeous - incredibly expressive - one of the most renowned artists in her field."


Deutschlandfunk / portrait


"Ingenious illustrations!"

Brigitte on "The Gift of the Wise"

Exhibitions (selection)


  • January 2021: Bookstore Schaumburg Stade

  • November 2020: "I am no longer what I was yesterday" Old Prison Freising

  • July 2019: Exhibition in connection with the award ceremony of the Troisdorf Children's Book Prize in the Troisdorf picture book museum.

  • August 2019: Exhibition of the illustrations made for the island library (u.  a.) in the Heine house in Düsseldorf.

  • August 2019:  The bird orchestra  (Jacoby & Stuart) - Exhibition on the book in the Berlin-Mitte City Library.

  • September 2019: "Inspiration by chance" exhibition in the old band factory in Wuppertal.

  • December 2019: Participation in the exhibition "Children's Book World" in the Design Forum Vienna.

  • March 2018: Participation in the charity exhibition "Art helps" in the gallery art complex in Wuppertal.

  • March 2015:  Exhibition of the originals  So big and so small  (Fischer / Sauerländer) in the gallery for book art in the Villa Hermann in Gustavsburg

  • January 2015: Exhibition of the originals from the book  The Carnival of the Animals  (Anette Betz) in the gallery for book art in the Villa Hermann in Gustavsburg

  • September 2011: Exhibition of some of the originals from the book  Everything for the cat  (Hanser Verlag) as part of a book presentation in the Seidl Villa in Munich

  • April 2011: Exhibition of two originals from the book  At three in the trees  (Sauerländer Verlag) in the picture book museum Burg Wissem in Troisdorf

  • November 2009: Start of an exhibition and reading tour with the book project  You don't believe me?  (Münchner Frühling Verlag) in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf


If you would like to plan an exhibition with my pictures, please contact me.

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