In the field of figurative sculpture, Stephan Balkenhol is one of Germany's most important and internationally successful artists. Collectors all over the world covet his works. Especially in the USA, he and his works are popular. The prices for his works are constantly going up.
The human being is the focus of his works. Balkenhol deliberately avoids the clear depiction of emotions in the faces of his figures. He refuses to prescribe concrete feelings and interpretations. The viewer himself is asked to discover the stories behind the faces gazing into nothingness.
Wood is the artist's favourite material. Softwoods such as poplar or wawa wood allow the artist to precisely carves out the faces of his figures. The material always remains recognisable and the workmanship also remains visible through the rough structure under the paint.
Stephan Balkenhol, born in Fritzlar, Germany in 1957, studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Various exhibitions in important art metropolises such as New York, Tokyo, London, Madrid and Berlin praise his work.