Ulrich Erben (*1940)

Between 1958 and 1965, Erben studied at the art academies in Hamburg and Urbino. During this period, his main interest was due to the exploration of graphic techniques. Before returning to his hometown Düsseldorf in 1966, he moreover attended seminars at academies in Venice and Berlin. 

After an extended stay in New York in 1967, he applied himself more and more to Concrete Painting. He created his first white monochrome in 1968. From the late 1970s, he began to work with pure, unbroken colours, applied to produce the finest gradations. The subtle structures formed hereby, often only reveal themselves to the viewer with time, while immediately commencing to flicker and vibrate in front of their eyes. Frequently, this leaves a vivid impression of plasticity on the two-dimensional surface. 

From 1980 up until his retirement with emeritus status in 2005, Erben taught as a Professor at the Kunstakademie Münster.

1940 Born in Düsseldorf


1958-65 Studies at the Kunstakademie Hamburg and Urbino


1974 Promotion price Nordrhein-Westfalen for fine art


1980-2005 Professor at the Kunstakademie Münster


1986 Konrad-von-Soest-Price



Ulrich Erben lives and works in Düsseldorf and Bagnoregio (Latium, Italy)

1977 Documenta 6, Kassel


1979 Städtisches Museum Leverkusen


1981 Felder und Räume: Bilder, Collagen, Zeichnungen. Kunsthalle Tübingen


1984 Elementare Malerei, Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim


1985-86 Group  show Kunst in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1945-1985, Nationalgalerie Berlin


2003 Retrospective, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden


2003-04 Was ich sehe - Bilder aus Italien, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus


2005 Der stille Raum. Stiftung DKM, Duisburg


2005-06 Group  show Ulrich Erben und Meisterschüler. Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen


2010 Ulrich Erben - Bilder und Arbeiten auf Papier Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach


2011 Farben der Errinnerung, Museum DKM, Duisburg