* 1936 Heppenheim
Horst Antes was born in Heppenheim on the Bergstraße on October 28, 1936. After his Abitur he studied under the important woodcutter HAP Grieshaber at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe from 1957 to 1959. Already in 1959 the artist's work was honoured with two prizes, the art prize of the city of Hanover and the Pankofer prize on the occasion of the German Youth Art prize. In his early paintings Antes sought a path somewhere between figurative painting and the Informel. One of his most important role models was Willem de Kooning. Around 1960 Antes discovered his 'Kopffüßler' (literal translation: Head-Footer), a form which preoccupied the artist in numerous variations and artistic techniques. By 1963 his 'Kopffüßler' was fully developed in its stylistic and contextual premises and became also compulsory for his sculptural work, which began the very same year. The artist was given several scholarships and awards in the 1960s, including the Villa-Romana-Prize in Florence in 1962 and the Villa Massimo scholarship in Rome in 1963. Three years later, aged only 29, Antes accepted a teaching post at the Akademie in Karlsruhe. This was followed by a post as a professor also in Karlsruhe which he held from 1967 to 1973, as well as a one-year guest-professorship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin. The artist resumed teaching at the Akademie in Karlsruhe in 1984 and continued teaching there for another 16 years. The regional capital awarded him the Hans-Molfenter-prize in 1989. Since 1990 the artist has been living and working in Karlsruhe, Florence and Berlin. Antes' oeuvre includes not only paintings and graphic art, but also sculptures in public spaces. His works are exhibited throughout the world and are represented in all of the most important German collections, et al. at the Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne or the Nationalgalerie Berlin.