Kurt Kranz was born in 1910 in Emmerich, Germany, and he died in 1997 in Wedel, Germany. After training as a lithographer and taking courses at the Bielefeld School of Arts and Crafts, Kurt Kranz studied at the Bauhaus from 1930 to 1933, obtaining his diploma before the school was forced to close. He worked with Herbert Bayer at the Dorland ad agency until 1938, after which the outbreak of the Second World War prevented him from setting up his own studio. In 1955 he began teaching at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. His varied creative output ranges from wallpaper designs to experiments with film animation. However, since 1960 his photo sequences and montages have occupied an important place in numerous exhibitions. Besides self-portraits, Kranz also produced series exploring facial expressions and gestures, an experimental probing of the dynamic potential of the body as a tool of expression.
His work was included in the exhibition 'Dancing with Myself' (2018) at Punta della Dogana.