Stephan Balkenhol (born in Fritzlar, Germany, in 1957) is the premier spirit behind the revival of figurative sculpture in the early 1980s. His oeuvre stands for artists of his generation – for instance Cindy Sherman, Thomas Schütte und Katharina Fritsch – who rejected abstract, conceptual and late minimalist art as represented by such artists as Balkenhol’s teacher Ulrich Rückriem. Balkenhol’s work ranges from full-size sculptures, installations and reliefs to photographs and drawings. He is undoubtedly one of the most important sculptors of his time. Since 1992 he has been a professor at the State Academy of the Arts in Karlsruhe, and divides his time between Germany and Meisenthal, France. Stephan Balkenhol has been represented by Mai 36 Galerie since 1989 and his work is in major museums, collections and exhibitions all over the world.