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Eberhard Equit
(1939-    )

Eberhard Equit was born in Thuringia in 1939 and showed an early talent for art. At the age of nine he began walking 10 km each weekend to study drawing under an academic artist in a nearby town. After college he studied graphic design at the Dresden University of Visual Arts from 1959 to 1965 under the renowned artist Prof. Hans Theo Richter and worked part-time in the studio of the lithographer R. Erhardt. Equit graduated in 1965 with a Staatsdiplom in Graphic Art. He then apprenticed under the internationally renowned painter and graphic artist Prof. Otto Dix from 1964 to 1966, and from 1965 to 1971 studied under the prominent artist and anatomist Prof. Gottfried Bammes in Dresden. During those years of apprenticeship he learned the rigorous disciplines of scientific illustration, and also studied anatomy at the university. In 1971 Equit moved to Berlin where he worked as an instructor and exhibit designer at the Ministry for Culture of the former German Democratic Republic, and simultaneously worked as a graphics artist and as a professor and lecturer in drawing at the Berlin University of Fine Arts. Since 1979 Prof. Equit has worked as a free-lance graphics artist and book designer from his home in Berlin, occasionally giving guest lectures in art, and traveling regularly to the homes of clients to paint portraits of their mineral specimens. He works in watercolor and high-quality colored pencils on smooth art board, utilizing over 200 colors of paint applied with specially made ultra-fine brushes. His mineral art is always painted on a 1:1 scale and is extremely finely detailed. He has participated in several national and international exhibitions and one-man shows in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Tucson, Freiberg and Paris. He has self-published his own artworks since 1994 under the company name of Eberhard Equit & Co. Verlagsgesellschaft, Fehrbelliner Strasse 49, D-10119 Berlin, Germany (e-mail: equitverlag@equitart.de). His two principal books of mineral art are Meisterwerke Sächsischer Minerale (1994), and The World's Mineral Masterpieces (2002).

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Number of artworks found: 52 | Artworks being viewed: 49 to 52

The Mineralogical Record: Eberhard Equit - Native Bismuth, Aue-Alberoda, Saxony Native Bismuth, Aue-Alberoda, Saxony
Watercolor and colored pencil on art board (1993), 4.7-inch specimen painted actual size; collection of the Mineralogical Museum, Berlin, Germany.
The Mineralogical Record: Eberhard Equit - Stephanite, Freiberg, Saxony Stephanite, Freiberg, Saxony
Watercolor and colored pencil on art board (1992), 2.4-inch specimen painted actual size; collection of the Mining Academy, Freiberg, Germany.
The Mineralogical Record: Eberhard Equit - Native Silver, Himmelsfürst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony Native Silver, Himmelsfürst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony
Watercolor and colored pencil on art board (1992), 3.1-inch specimen painted actual size; collection of the Mining Academy, Freiberg, Germany.
The Mineralogical Record: Eberhard Equit - Native Silver, Schneeberg, Saxony Native Silver, Schneeberg, Saxony
Watercolor and colored pencil on art board (1992), 4.5-inch specimen painted actual size; private collection, Dresden, Germany.
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