BORN 1904, Port-au-Prince, Haiti - DIED 23 Jul 1973, Firenze, Toscana|
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori, Via Senese 184, Galluzo (I-XI-27s (1PPsS))
Hans-Joachim Staude was born at Port-au-Prince on Haiti as the son of German parents. In 1909 he moved to Hamburg with his mother and his brother. He studied art in Munich and in 1925 he travelled to Italy with the painter H.E. Schnegg. He lived in Florence, but he returned to Germany in 1927. He met the sculptor Ludwig Kasper in Paris in 1928. In 1929 he permanently moved to Italy and settled in Florence.
In Florence he befriended Maja Winteler-Einstein and Bernard Berenson. He married the architect Renate Moenckeberg from Hamburg in 1938. They had two children. His daughter Angela married the journalist and author Tiziano Terzani (1938-2004) in 1962.
In 1942 Staude was called into the German army, but after the war he resumed his life in Florence and was successful as a painter and as a teacher. In 1963 he had a solo exhibition at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. The Pitti Palace bought five of his paintings and the Uffizi bought a drawing and a self portrait. He died in Florence in 1973.