1941 Meschede – 2010 Cologne
Ansgar Nierhoff became known nationwide with his steel sculptures. First, he completed a technical apprenticeship as a bricklayer and successfully completed it in 1960 with a journeyman’s certificate. In 1964 he obtained the general university entrance qualification at the Frankenberger Edertalschule. Ansgar Nierhoff then studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1964 to 1969. He became a master student of Norbert Kricke. His other teachers included Joseph Fassbender and the art historian Eduard Trier.
In 1965 he moved to Cologne, where he lived until his death. In 1977 he took part in documenta 6 in Kassel. In 1983, Nierhoff worked temporarily as an assistant to George Rickey in his studio in New York City. In 1986 Ansgar Nierhoff became a visiting professor at the Kassel University of Applied Sciences. From 1988 to 2008 he was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. In 2000 he received the important August Macke Prize. From 1993 to 1999 Ansgar Nierhoff was a board member of the German Association of Artists, in whose annual exhibitions he had participated since 1971. In 1990 he became a member of the Academy of Fine Arts Berlin.