We are dedicated to the art and life of the painter and textile designer
Wolfgang Wolff (1909–1994).

Portrait photo of W. Wolff

Wolfgang Wolff was a self-taught German artist. As a refugee of the Nazi regime living in exile in Tahiti (where he was later interned) Wolff documented the life and times of Tahiti during the 1930s and the war years through illustrated diaries and letters. In his paintings and woodcuts he interpreted Tahitian culture and landscape in a German Expressionist mode. From the 1950s to the 70s Wolff worked as a textile designer in Los Angeles. He was one of the originators of Polynesian fabric designs found in typical “Hawaiian” shirts. A collection of them is featured here. Read the entire biography of Wolfgang Wolff on this page.

About the Foundation

The Wolfgang Wolff Foundation (WWF) is a recently formed 501c3 organization whose purpose is to preserve and promote the artwork and life story of Wolfgang Wolff. The collection includes paintings, drawings, woodcuts / prints, jewelry, book illustrations and textile designs and has been exhibited internationally. The goal of the WWF is to display the work of Wolff as an independent museum as well as to integrate parts of the collection within other museums, most likely located in Western Europe, the U.S. and the Pacific Islands.


Wolfgang Wolff Foundation, Inc.
87 Hamburg Mountain Rd
Weaverville, NC 28787


Tahitian women with ukulele
Siesta, 1938, watercolor on paper, 19 x 26 inches

Biography of Wolfgang Wolff

Album with selected artworks

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