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Gunther Uecker

Born in Wendorf in 1930, Günther Uecker is a sculptor who lives and works in Düsseldorf. After attending the School of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf and Berlin-Weißensee (1949-1953), he started creating figurative works such as altarpieces, sculptures, and woodcuts with a nail that eventually became his favourite tool and material of choice. Brother of the artist Rotraut, who married Yves Klein for the in 1962, Uecker befriended the French artist and met through him Otto Piene and Heinz Mack, the founders of Gruppo Zero in 1957 in Düsseldorf.