Paul Flora was born in Glurns in Austria on 6 June 1922 and died 15 May 2009 in Innsbruck. He started working for the Munich ›Neue Zeitung‹ in 1949, and in 1957 he became the political caricaturist of the Hamburg newspaper ›Die Zeit‹. He drew over 3500 political caricatures in fourteen years, as well as doing innumerable ›free‹ drawings which have been shown in collections all over the world.
»In the world of grey tones, he remains king. To the present day, no one has ventured to challenge his leading place in the field of European cross-shading. Flora’s work is not black humour – he does not make things that easy for himself. He is a subtle grisaille master.«Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»A master of the most subtle of strokes, of the most intricate of shading, which instil his subjects – people, animals, cities – with a shadowy quality. But the shadows are alive, disembodied yet full of spirit – this is his art.«Der Tagesspiegel