Heidi Trautmann was born in 1941 in Königsberg in eastern Prussia/ Germany /today Kaliningrad. At the age of nineteen, she spent some years in Angola and Nigeria. Later, she lived with her husband in South Africa for six years, where two of her three children were born. She worked there as a conference interpreter, translator and painter together with local artists. Back in Germany in the 1980’s, she continued studying art in the studio of the artist Rolf Märkl for three years and took part in various joint exhibitions. For four years she worked as a worldwide travel guide for her husband’s travel agency. Later she established – together with other artists – an art and studio house for various disciplines, the “Werkhof” between Salzburg and Munich. For some years, she organised barn operas, musical events with international artists, literary circles, art exhibitions, pottery-, art- and craft markets. She then worked as technical author for about ten years. Then it was time to build a sailing boat with her husband. They went off together to live on the boat for six years, and they sailed the entire Mediterranean until they came to Cyprus in 1999. Here, they laid anchor for good in 2001. Heidi joined the Levantine Art College in Edremit in 2001 and is still working today with the same group of artists. In Cyprus, she had five solo art exhibition in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2017, and in 2010 and 2015 in Germany; three joint ones in Cyprus again in 2006 and 2007 and 2011. Heidi has written two travel books, one ‘Early Bird’ published in April 2005, the second in October 2007 ‘Die Welt ist mein Zuhause’, both in German and ‘North Cyprus my Way/ Nordzypern auf meine Art’ including local poetry and a small collection of her art work, in English and German. Furthermore two volumes on “Art and Creativity in North Cyprus” in English and Turkish, published in 2010 and 2015. From 2005 to 2015, she has been writing articles for local newspapers on the art scene and is writing till today for her own website www. heiditrautmann.com . In 2015 she was awarded with the Cross of Merit by her country Germany for her work for the arts in Cyprus.