German sculptor and painter, born in Kiel. Served as a soldier 1942-5, then began to draw and paint, self-taught. Studied at a private art school at Plön in Holstein 1948-9 and at the Academy in Düsseldorf 1950-7, first painting under Goller, then from 1951 sculpture under Mataré. The experience of dismantling a clock in the winter of 1961-2 led him to begin making delicate, fragile constructions out of wires, cog-wheels, wire netting and clock springs. First one-man exhibition at the Museum at Ulm 1964; his one-man exhibition in the German pavilion at the 1966 Venice Biennale was awarded the David E. Bright Sculpture Prize. Lives in Düsseldorf.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.350-1