Born in 1904 in Elberfeld in the Rhineland (today a district of Wuppertal), studied political science in Cologne, Bonn and Vienna, then studying art in Vienna at the Academy and in Munich.
In 1931 he settled on a farm (“Rutarhof”) in the bilingual part of Carinthia, which became the center of his life and his artistic work. In the same year trip to Berlin and friendly support by Emil Nolde, from which he also received important impulses for his work.
1934-1935 exhibitions in Berlin, Bochum and Cologne. In 1937, his pictures were confiscated by the Nazi regime, a part was in the traveling exhibition “Degenerate Art”, a large part was destroyed. After military service return to Carinthia, then the most productive phase with numerous exhibitions at home and abroad.
In 1968 the opening of the Werner Berg Museum in the town of Bleiburg, where in the summer months, in addition to a permanent exhibition, important exhibitions of Austrian and German artists from the environment of Werner Bergs take place.
Werner Berg died in 1981 on his Rutarhof, just as his art became increasingly recognized. In 2004, on the artist’s 100th birthday, the most significant retrospective of his works to date took place in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna.
Another highlight was the extensive exhibition of his works in Beijing and Shanghai in 2013.