Karl Dempwolf spent his childhood growing up in the picturesque Bavarian countryside but at the age of fourteen he and his family immigrated to the US on the Steam ship America. Dempwolf received his BA from California State University Northridge CA, where he will always be recognized as that institution's first All American Athlete.
Dempwolf continued his art education by attending Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California, getting his Master’s degree in 1974. Also in 1974 he won the coveted CINE Golden Eagle award for his film, "The Story of a Craftsman". The same film also won the Silver CINDY award and Best of Show at the Bellevue International Film Festival in Washington. His film career ended when painting became his passion. Wendt, Rose, Puthuff Payne and Ritschel became his artistic icons.
Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu, the Phippen Museum in Prescott AZ, the Carnegie Art Museum in Ventura County, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art
His paintings are in the permanent collections of large corporations, among them McGraw-Hill Publishers, and the National Park Foundation
Books: Art from the Parks by Philip W. Metzger and Rachel Rubin Wolf, Published by North Light Books, 2000; A Painter's Journey by Karl Dempwolf, 2007
PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award
Artist Advocate Magazine Award of Excellence for Painting at California Art Club’s 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, held at Pasadena Museum of California Art
American Art Collector Magazine Award at California Art Club’s 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, held at Pasadena Museum of California Art
Art of California Magazine's Silver and Bronze Discovery awards