Otto Boll (*1952)
The artist is born in 1952 in Issum/Geldern. From 1975 to 1980 he studies at the department for Art education Münster at the Academy of Fine Art Dusseldorf with Professor Ernst Hermanns. In 1980 he receives the Caspar-von-Zumbusch-Award. From 1981 to 1982 he gets the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff-Scholarship. In 1981 he is awarded with the Prize of the Kulturkreis im Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie (BDI), receives the Award of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and is winner of the city of Recklinghausens's art prize 'junger westen' In 1990 follows the Piepenbrock-Award for sculpture.
His filigree sculptures made of blackened metal, hovering in the stillness of space, are characteristic of his work. He invites and challenges the onlooker in a special way to perceive his linear sculptures in space, ranging from slender structures to an extreme thinness that approaches nothingness. Otto Boll’s works are kept in several well-known private and public collections, among others, in the collection of the Deutsche Bank, the collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, etc. The sculptor has received some of the most appraised German awards and grants throughout his career and currently lives and works in the Lower Rhine region.
1984 Exhibition of the scholarship holders of the Karl Schmidt-Rotluff-Foundation, Brücke-Museum, Berlin 1995 Schweben - Antigrav in der Plastik, Skulpturen Museum Marl 1996 Unterwegs, Städtisches Museum Recklinghausen 1998 Goethe-Institut, Houston 2007 Back and Forth 01, Villa Grisebach, Berlin 2009 Linien stiller Schönheit, Museum DKM, Duisburg / In-Finitum, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice 2012 Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp 2014 Konzept-Form-Raum, Schönewald Fine Arts, Düsseldorf 2015 Allez les Boules, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen / Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice / Clear Form, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki 2015-2016 In Space - Works by Otto Boll, Galerie Dierking, Zurich 2017 Sculptures, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki / Otto Boll, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong / Ernst Hermanns und sechs Preisträger aus siebzig Jahren. 70 Jahre junger westen, Museum DKM, Duisburg 2018 PER KESSELMAR - paintings/OTTO BOLL - sculptures, Galerie Dierking, Zurich 2019 Otto Boll - Sculptures at Sculpture Park Waldfrieden, Cragg Foundation Wuppertal