Barsch was born in Bohemia which, after World War II, became a part of Czechoslovakia and is now part of the Czech Republic. While his full name is Wulf Erich Barsch von Benedikt, he uses Wulf Barsch as his professional name.
He studied under Bauhaus Masters who were themselves Master Students of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1966 and subsequently served a mission for the LDS Church in Northern California. Barsch received a masters degree equivalent in Germany from Werkkunstschule Hanover and two masters degrees from BYU and then joined the faculty at BYU in 1974. Barsch was a leader in the second wave of the Art and Belief Movement.
In 1975 Barsch won the Prix de Rome. His work is recognized as some of the better modern religious art work. His works include "Book of Abraham."
In 2006 Wulf traveled to London, Munich, and Paris to attend the "Sacred Geometry" exhibited in those cities. The trip was sponsored by a business in London. He also took two of his students, April Varner and Marsha Ellis, on tour with him. In 2012 Barsch's work was on display in the main gallery of the Springville Museum of Art. The exhibit, Ex Corde Lux--A Retrospective of Wulf Barsch, represents his whole career and shows the evolution of Barsch as an artist.
Barsch's first solo exhibition was in 1962 and his works can now be found in more than 35 collections worldwide, including the State Senate in Hamburg, Germany, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.