Stephan Balkenhol

The art of Stephan Balkenhol (Hesse, Germany, 1957) is based on the representation of human body. He receives the influence of abstraction approaches of the mid-eighties, as well as minimalism and conceptualism.

His first figures appear in 1983 according to the artist's interest in reintroducing the human body in contemporary art. These sculptures consist in nude figures of men and women, influenced by the tradition of classical statues of Egypt, Rome and Greece. Since the mid-eighties Balkenhol has continued working on the representation of human body, but now it is not about deities but common people: instead of immortalizing the heroic and genuine human actions, these sculptures represent the character of common people, what he calls 'Everyman'. Because of this break in Balkenhol's world anyone can crown a pedestal reserved for gods and heroes.

His works forms part of museums and public collections such as Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, Germany), Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal (Quebec, Canada), Nerman Museum (Kansas, USA), The National Museum of Art (Osaka, Japan) or Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC, USA).