Anette Lenz is usually
called a “French designer of
German origin”. Quite a risky
combination of elements,
almost like ice and fire. Rigid
German typography and
French artistic freedom — they
live side by side in her works.
Fire doesn’t die out, only grows
stronger, ice doesn’t melt.
She studied graphic design in Munich. Twenty years ago she moved to Paris to work there. Before opening her own studio, she worked with brilliant Alex Jordan in the legendary design team Grapus and became a co-founder of the Nous Travaillons Ensembles design studio that participated several times in the Golden Bee biennale. In 2006 Anette Lenz was awarded Golden Bee 7 Grand Prix for a series of large scale theatre posters created together with Vincent Perrottet.
Oleg Veklenko worked in the international jury that she headed at the Chaumont festival. He describes her as shy, gentle and delicate “to the extreme”. You would say the opposite about her works — daring, vivid, creative, and incredibly powerful.
Her portfolio includes corporate styles for several French cities, huge poster series for Paris theatres; there are the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Communication, museums, hotels, television channels on her client list.
Anette Lenz has given master classes and workshops in many cities of the world. In 1999 she became a member of the extremely closed, elite club AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).