Born and raised in Germany, Linda Schwarz studied visual arts and sculpture in Berlin and Stuttgart. She received a fellowship in studio art at the University of Minnesota in 1990 to work with the well-known artist Karl Bethke. During this time Schwarz discovered her talent for printmaking and has since worked both in Germany and the United States, producing prints at various fine art presses, including Universal Limited Art Editions in West Islip, New York and the Wildwood Press in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Schwarz taught graphic art at the Freie Kunstschule Berlin and the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany. She has given lectures on printmaking in Boston, Saint Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis and Salzburg, Austria.
As a starting point for her prints, Schwarz employs text fragments, musical scores and other historically based documents. She applies a process of repeated alteration and overprinting of images, often printing on both sides of the paper, to produce highly textured and detailed prints. Schwarz uses a number of print processes in her work, including woodcut, etching, chine colle, Xerox transfers, acrylic glazes and viscosity printing. She commonly prints her editioned work on handmade paper and sometimes uses handpainted additions in tempera, varnish or ink.
Recently, Schwarz has integrated contemporary popular images such as Life Savers and Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses, into her work. Schwarz’s graphic work can be found in numerous public and private collections.