Johnny Friedlaender was born in Oberschlesien in 1912. From 1928 onwards he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Breslau and then the master´s program by Otto Mueller. During that time he created his first etchings and lithographs. In 1930 he moved to Dresden and had his first exhibition participations. Three years later he was imprisoned. Friedlaender was able to flee to Czechoslovakia in 1936 and later he immigrated to Paris. In 1939 he was again arrested. Ultimately he returned to Paris in 1944. From that time on, he dealt with graphic art, especially the etching. From 1966 to1967 he was professor at the Summer Academy of Salzburg. Throughout his lifetime he made a lot of exhibitions. The artist died in 1992. Johnny Friedlaender is considered to be the precursor of colored etching. He gave this difficult artistic technique a new, contemporary form of expression which combined tradition with innovation. Many prominent artists were introduced to the etching in his studio in Paris.