Portrait of the artist Klaus Dobrunz

Klaus Dobrunz

Born in 1962, painter, sculptor, graduate designer

Early on, the artist's path was set towards design. In 1978, Klaus Dobrunz began his apprenticeship as a display designer, later studied visual communication at the University of Applied Sciences and then painting under Professor Alfonso Hüppi at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, Germany. Already during his studies, his activities expanded to include sculpture and teaching. Since 1987 he has worked as a lecturer, art teacher and freelance artist. He reached the peak of his teaching career during his five-year stay in Sweden, which he left at the end of 2004 to settle in Bielefeld.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is often mentioned in connection with the expressive pictures of Klaus Dobrunz, but Dobrunz has developed his own unique style. What is important for Klaus Dobrunz is experiencing the world in its various facets. Contrasts, which are used as formal means in art, are also seen by Dobrunz in the contents of his motifs. He is constantly amazed by the paradox of waiting. At railway stations, airports, and bus stops, he sketches people who want to move quickly and are, therefore, forced to wait.

The wooden sculptures, often carved from a single piece, appear as anonymous symbols of our present time. Klaus Dobrunz infuses everyday life, which we have all become so accustomed to, with tension in his sculptures, making it possible to experience it in a new way. Here, too, we encounter a contrast formed by the ordinary, but at the same time, it contains something special.

In 2023, Klaus Dobrunz opened the sculpture park "BiBrake" in Bielefeld Brake. It is an ordinary suburb of a big city that the artist wants to transform into something extraordinary with the help of the local population. The plan is to create 5,000 sculptures there.