From 1968 to 1970 Wolfgang Zelmer studied art in London at the Hampstead School of Arts and then from 1971 to 1972 in Paris at the Académie Julian. From the beginning Wolfgang Zelmer was interested in still life. In 1975 he produced his first prints at the Josef Werner workshop in Munich. In color etchings and lithographs of the early work, everyday things, architectural forms, portrait and anatomy studies, inspired by great masters, are used as pictorial elements. Later, Zellmer explored more intensively classical still life paintings by Japanese, Dutch and Italian artists. In the early 90s, Wolfgang Zelmer's work developed into a unique visual language with thoughtful compositions, subtle use of color and masterful rendering. Zellmer frequently uses people and nature, construction drawings or even old pieces of writing as pictorial elements in his works.
Today Wolfgang Zelmer lives and works in Germany, Italy, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Exhibitions of his works have been held since 1978 in Berlin, Nuremberg, Paris, New York, Nice, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Brussels and London, among other places.