1939 Lichtner-Aix is born in East Berlin as Werner Lichtner.

Due to prevailing circumstances, Werner Lichtner is unable to realize his wish to become a painter and becomes an engineer instead, teaching himself to draw and paint in his spare time.

1961 Escapes from East to West Berlin, where he then continues his engineering studies.

1965 Moves to Munich, working as a development engineer with Siemens. 


First trip to Provence. Lichtner notes shortly after: “I sensed that here I would find what I had within me, an affinity with the colours of the countryside.”
He adopts the surname “Aix” as his nom d'artiste.

1967 Decision to become a painter. Studios in Munich and Aix-en-Provence.

1968 Marriage to Monika Ostrop, whom he calls Monique.

1969 Birth of their daughter Katharina.

1970 Renovation of a mediaeval ruin the village of Sérignan-du-Comtat.

Lichtner-Aix and his family henceforth spend the greatest part of the year in Provence.

1977 Birth of their son Maximilian.

1981 Builds a studio specially to give him the “ideal, unspectacular light” he has always been seeking.

Travels through Tunisia.

1983 and 1984 Cycling tour of Morocco together with French friends and cycling veterans.

1985 Cycling tour through Sinai – for Lichtner-Aix it was a “journey to the primaeval colours of the Earth.”

1986 Werner Lichtner-Aix falls seriously ill. He dies in Munich on 10th August 1987.

His last place of rest is in the courtyard of his studio in Provence.


1989 On the occasion of Lichtner-Aix's 50th birthday, his wife Monique establishes a museum in the rooms of his studio, which is open to all art lovers and admirers of his work.