Walter Stöhrer (1937 – 2000) was a German painter born in Stuttgart. Between 1952 and 1954 he studied as a commercial graphical artist (Werbegraphiker), receiving a journeymans certificate. In 1955 he began to study painting at the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) in Karlsruhe and in 1957 became a member of the class of HAP Grieshaber, where he remained until 1959. In 1959 he left Karlsruhe for Berlin, to operate and live as free artist. In 1984 Stöhrer became a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. Between 1981 and 1982 he was visiting professor at the Hochschule (now Universität) der Künste, the Berlin University of the Arts. In 1986 he obtained a chair at that same institution.