Born in 1949 and educated at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Willi Siber is a renowned Germany-based sculptor and abstract artist working with steel, wood, and epoxy often covering his sculptures with brilliant, monochromatic hues and reflective finishes.. His artistic work cannot be assigned to a particular genre, as it has long transgressed the border between painting and sculpture. It approaches what the artist refers to as “transformation,” or a sculpture-picture object.
The paintings, whose innovative techniques push them toward sculpture, can read from a distance as landscapes—aerial views of forests, perhaps, or ice-covered parts of the Arctic—or as microscopic lifeforms. With a palette ranging from muted earth tones to electric hues of pink and green, he seems to match form to color as if by instinct. The bent-and-folded steel pipe sculptures, covered in pristine coats of enamel, possess a luxurious shimmer, beckoning like jewels, while other works, coated in darker, powdery hues, are quiet and subdued.
His works create unique landscapes of color, shadow, and light. The clean lines of his steel-and-lacquer wall sculptures seem to fold and unfold in ribbons and knots, while his wood panels covered with metal and epoxy resemble rare, intricate coral. Each piece seems part of an endlessly expansive system, imbued with a sense of wonder and possibility.
Siber has exhibited widely, with numerous shows throughout Europe, Sydney, Hong Kong, and the U.S. His work is housed in public collections including the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Embassy in Buenos Aires, among many others.