Horst Kohlem graduated from the Karlsruhe Art Academy in 1973 with a Masters in Fine Arts and has been consistently working as a sculptor and painter since then. He has maintained studios both in Karlsruhe, Germany and on South Beach. Kohlem has exhibited internationally and is part of several private and public collections (Museo de Arte Contemperano Sao Paulo, Bass Museum of Miami Beach, Queens Museum of New York, City of Karlsruhe, Staedt.; Galerie Karlsruhe, Landesmuseum Oldenburg, City of Miami). Some of his latest group exhibitons include: Biennale Sao Paulo 1996; Basel International Art Fair; Queens Museum of New York; Kunstverein Stuttgart; Kunstverein Mannheim; Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe; Stadtmuseum Ettlingen.
"Time is a very important concept in my work. I attempt to overcome its transitory nature and reduce the significance of chronology by focusing on the “timeless” character of my work as a revolving cycle, taking objects and ideas out of their normal context and turning them into relics of another age. My paintings and sculptures appear to be remnants of past cultures, excavated from the earth still bearing the marks of other civilizations. Their surfaces look like oxidized metallic crusts, which give them an archaic dimension."