Born in 1940 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Bernd Lohaus trained as a classical sculptor before studying under Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie. After moving to Antwerp in 1965, he and his wife Anne de Decker ran the Wide White Space gallery, where they exhibited, among others, Marcel Broodthaers in 1966 and Joseph Beuys in 1967. At the same time, Lohaus continued his own artistic practice, deepening his inteerst in natural materials. He works principally with wood, stone and paper, removing all superfluous elements from the material. Louhaus never adds anything but limits himself to revealing, creating simple works that are formal and rigorous. He also uses language as if it were a material. Fascinated by the meaning and rhythm of words, he writes them on wood with gesso or carves them directly during his performances: the letters take on a physical presence and spatial dimension, giving his sculpture an added dimension of thought and emotion.
Recent exhibitions dedicated to Bernd Lohaus have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (2015), FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais (2014), MAC's Grand Hornu, Musée des Arts Contemporains, Hornu, Belgium (2013). Some of his works are exhibited at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Accrochage” (2016).