Salomé is born as Wolfgang Ludwig Cihlarz in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He grew up in a dysfunctional family, and completed his training as an architectural draftsman. In 1973 he moved to West Berlin, at the time renowned for its art scene.
There he initially worked as an architectural draftsman for the U.S. Army in Tempelhof and at Detewe, among others. After passing the entrance exam he enrolled at the Berlin Academy of Art (at the time HfbK - Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, today UdK - Universität der Künste), studying painting with Ulrich Knipsel from 1974 through 1980, later as a student in the master class of Karl Heinz Hödicke.
While a student he temped as a waiter at the clubs "Matalla" and "Dschungel", as well as in the gay café "Anderes Ufer" (The Other Side). He had met the owner of the latter, Gerhard Hoffmann, in 1974 in the "Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin" (HAW - Gay Action West Berlin). Hoffmann came up with the pseudonym Salomé in 1974. In "Anderes Ufer" Salomé also met David Bowie, among others, who was at the time enriching the wild Berlin night-life. At this time Salomé was in a relationship with Rainer Fetting.
In 1980 Salomé was invited to participate in the exhibition "Heftige Malerei" (Wild Paintings) at the Haus am Waldsee, Berlin. That same year he also participated in the exhibition "Les Nouveaux Fauves - Die Neuen Wilden" in Aachen, West Germany. In 1981 he took part in the popular exhibition "Rundschau Deutschland".
Together with painters like Rainer Fetting, Helmut Middendorf, Bernd Zimmer, Elvira Bach, Luciano Castelli, and Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Salomé now became known as one of the members of the "Wild Style" art group of the Junge Wilde (Wild Youth) or Neue Wilde (New Wild Ones). In 1982, due to the invitation by Rudi Fuchs to participate in the famed international art show "documenta 7" in Kassel (Hesse), West Germany, he had his international break-through.
Salomé began dividing his time between the art metropolises New York and Berlin. He made portraits of numerous VIPs, e.g. the at the time very extravagant Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, and he was himself portrayed by famous photographers, such as Helmut Newton.
In 1999, after an extended stay in the U.S., he returned to Berlin and reactivated his studio in the space of the former "Galerie am Moritzplatz".
In cooperation with notable porcelain manufacturers, among others "Philipp Rosenthal" Hutschenreuther, he created painted sculptures and dinner services.
Today Salomé's paintings can be found in renowned museums and private collections all over the world. Among the best known-series are the colorful "Swimmers" and "Water Lilies". Apart from that there are series with neutral portraits of celebrities, as well as expressly gay themes.
Recently he has again started to produce his own Pop music CDs and he still occasionally performs as a singer. He participates in benefit events on a regular basis.
Salomé lives and works in Berlin.