Bensberg, Cologne 1953
Though metal is his material of choice, the works of Knopp Ferro are anything but ‘heavy’. A hint of air is enough to set them in motion. Utilizing architectural constructions like houses, bridges or ships, Ferro explores the themes of gravity and magnetism. Under his direction, the structures seem to shed their skin and achieve a poetic relationship with their surroundings; fragile line drawings dancing
Knopp Ferro, Austrian, but born near Cologne, is a sculptor and performer. He studied metal sculpture and performance art in Cologne, joined André Heller's Roncalli Circus as a clown in 1976 and was invited to the Documenta in Kassel a year later.
From 1980 to 1990 he was part of the Zurich based performance theatre "Bumper to Bumper" as an author and performer. After another two years in Zurich the artist wanted new input - and found it in New York, where he made his home from 1992 to 1994. He returned to Cologne and rented a studio on the banks of the river Rhine. In 2003, he received one of the prestigious Worpswede scholarships.
In 2005, Ferro moved to Southern Germany, living in Munich and working in Inning, on one of the beautiful lakes of the alpine upland. He had completed commissions for large scale works from Switzerland, the USA and Latin America has been exhibited in Sao Paulo, Paris, Madrid, London, Cologne