1902 Zürich – 1988 Zürich
Becoming a half-orphan at an early age, Lohse grows up in poor conditions. He gets by with occasional jobs, and from 1918 to 1922, he completes an apprenticeship as an advertising illustrator under Max Dalang. At the same time, he attends classes at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zurich. Yet, he cannot realize his dream to study art in Paris. In the 1930s, Lohse becomes one of the pioneers of modern Swiss graphic art; as a graphic artist and book designer, and as a painter he works on curvatures and diagonal constructions at this time.