2017 portrait of Amalia, my grandmother

My grandmother Amalia (1937 – 2017) was a great person. I loved her very deeply. She was an impressing, strong woman on the side of a patriarchic man. I decided to make this portrait as a memory. It was the perfect birthday gift for my mother, who was the daughter of my grandmother.

Making of

Again, this piece is made with graphite pencils. The portrait took me approximately 6 hours to make. I’ve used one of the last photos I took from her.


My grandmother gave me the inspiration for the animated short Da Opa hoid. (Just Grandpa.) Because she – as well as the protagonist of the film – suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually get worse over time. Therefore, daily tasks are getting really difficult at some point.

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