Nils udo He is a German artist of the current land art. Udo has dabbled in sculpture, photography y painting. His monumental works in open spaces are recognized throughout the world.
Several artistic currents have broken with the museum and gallery system because they hinder the creative process of the authors and the exhibition of their works. Land art, in addition to criticizing the way of making art in closed spaces, turns its focus towards nature and intervenes with its own materials.
Land art was born in the 60s in the United States. Its artists intervene natural spaces with flowers, trunks, branches, mosses, plants, rocks, water, mud or sand to build large works or that attract the attention of the public who visit forests, lakes, deserts or rivers.
Nils Udo was born in 1937. He studied graphic arts in Nuremberg, Germany. In the 70s he made his first land art installations accompanied by a photographic record of his processes.
To intervene in the spaces, Udo must first know the climate of the place, know what fruits and flowers exist, their textures and colors; you need to know what your trees are like, if they are flexible, and even what their roots are like that could serve as ropes.
The photography of each work serves to show a before and after the installation, which is left out in the open so that the elements used return to nature.
Udo has made land art installations in France, Germany, Greece and Italy.
In his works there is a constant: the nests, which, for him, represent the beginning and the end of procreation.
After several years of not painting, in the 2000s he returned to that technique. The French Ministry of Culture honored him as an Officer of Arts and Letters in 2014.
Nils Udo lives and works in Bavaria, Germany.