Born in 1941 in Düsseldorf, where he lives and works.
After studying painting at the School of Fine Arts in Linz, Austria, Hans-Peter Feldmann gained visibility in the art scene in the late 60s. At the time he published and exhibited scrapbooks of miscellaneous pictures including postcards, newspaper clippings and posters. In the books, named Bilder [Images], Hans-Peter Feldmann developed his very own system for classifying images. Where series were incomplete, he took photographs of missing items to fill in the gaps. Moreover, the artist created numerous series or installations such as 11 left shoes, exhibiting eleven shoes borrowed from the 303 Gallery’s employees, aligned on the floor.
In 1980 he quit the artistic scene and devoted himself to his toy and antiques shop. However, he kept on building his own collection of pictures, books, hats and sundry everyday objects. From 1989 onwards, he developed his Aesthetic Studies series, assembling commonly found, similar- looking objects. Through this work, he sought to change the public’s perception of these dayto- day yet neglected objects.
Hans-Peter Feldmann is a one-of-his-kind artist who does not sign his work or restrict his editions. As the recipient of the 2010 Hugo Boss Award, he decided to use the money – in the form of banknotes – to cover up the walls of his solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2015 he closed his shop which is now displayed within the permanent collection of the Lenbachhaus in Munich as Laden 1975- 2015 (Shop) installation. Hans-Peter Feldmann has been exhibited all around the world. In 2016, three solo exhibitions are dedicated to his work at C|O in Berlin, at 303 Gallery in New York and at Galeries des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette in Paris.