*1954 Oldenburg – lives in Düsseldorf
From 1973-1981, Thomas Schütte studies under Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. In 1981, Schütte has his first gallery exhibition, where conceptual works of his are shown. Later on, he finds a more narrative attitude, which leads him to his famous sculptures and architectures. Even as a young artist, Schütte does not want to limit himself technically or in terms of content and produces architectural models, etchings, watercolours, ceramics, and sculptures from various materials. His graphics deal with themes of his sculptures, which in turn are based on themes of his drawings. His art makes him one of the most important German and international sculptors.
Schütte’s work is exhibited worldwide. The artist has been shown three times in documenta exhibitions (1987, 1992 and 1997), and was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2005. In 2016, Schütte opens his own sculpture hall in North Rhine-Westphalia, where he also exhibits works by other artists. On the occasion of the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019, the artist designs an art pavilion for Krefeld.