Born in 1950
Wolfgang Laib (German, b.1950) was born on March 25, 1950, in Metzingen, Germany. He studied medicine at the University of Tubingen from 1968 to 1974. After completing his studies, he went on to focus on art and Eastern philosophies, including Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Laib uses natural materials, such as marble, beeswax, milk, pollen, and rice in his work. The conceptual artist is best known for his use of yellow pollen in his pieces. He collects this pollen from the area surrounding his German home, harvests it, and then exhibits it in various ways. Laib has exhibited his work in various prestigious institutions and art fairs, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, the Musée de Grenoble, in France, and the Venice Biennale, in Italy. In 2003, he received the Kulturpreis Baden-Württemberg. The artist currently lives and works in Hochdorf, Germany.