Frank Gottsmann was born in Kleinmachnow (Brandenburg) in 1956. From 1978 to 1982 he studied painting at the Weissensee University of the Arts in East Berlin. Between 1985 and 2003 he held numerous teaching positions, including at the Potsdam College of Advertising and Design, the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and the Academy of Design in Crafts in Brandenburg / Havel. In 1990 he was a co-founder of the Potsdamer Künstlerverein e.V. and in 1991 he received a working scholarship from the Stiftung Kulturfonds. Gottsmann lives and works in Berlin and Neumeichow / Uckermark (Brandenburg).