Biography of Olaf Nicolai
Olaf Nicolai (born 1962 in Halle/Saale, Germany) is a leading German conceptual sculptor, video, performance, and installation artist. In an array of mediums, the artist explores the relationships between art, nature and music, the body, time, and space. His works, which tend to be site-specific, repeatedly address contemporary political and cultural issues, and frequently feature allusions to the natural sciences, architecture, aesthetics, iconography, and history, all of which make up the artist's wide-ranging interests.
Since the early 90s, Nicolai's works have been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Highlights include shows at MoMa, New York; Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; documenta X (1997), and at the 49th and 51st Biennales in Venice (2001 and 2005, respectively). He is the recipient of a number of prestigious accolades, including the City of Wolfsburg Art Award (2002); the Villa Aurora grant (2007); the PS1 grant (1998); and the Villa Massimo grant (1997), among others. Nicolai currently lives and works in Berlin.