Emil Cimiotti was born in Göttingen on August 19, 1927. As a young man he became a soldier. On his return from a POW-camp, he became a stonemason's apprentice, and in 1949 he began his studies under Otto Baum at the Stuttgart Art Academy. Until 1954 Emil Cimiotti studied at the art academies in Stuttgart, Berlin and Paris, where he met Brancusi, le Corbusier and Fernand Leger.
When Emil Cimiotti participated in his first exhibitions in 1956, the critics tore his works to pieces. Only one year later, after Vellinghausen and Thwaites had spoken out for his artwork, Cimiotti received the art prize "junger westen 57" for the same works that had only just been criticized greatly. From then on, his career was very successful and Emil Cimiotti became an important sculptor of the German art informel. Only one year later Cimiotti participated in the 29th Venice Biennale.
In 1959 he received a scholarship to the Villa Massimo in Rome and took part in "documenta II" and exhibitions in Paris and the US. The works he produced in Rome were almost all bought by museums.
In 1963 Emil Cimiotti became a founding member of the Braunschweig University of Art. In contrast to his usual practice of working directly with wax, Cimiotti sand-casted numerous pieces in 1966. At the same time he produced large, free-standing sculptures for the universities of Göttingen, Kiel and Constance. In 1972 Emil Cimiotti returned to his old techniques.
From 1981 Cimiotti was prevented from producing further sculptural works due to a serious accident in his family. Only after he had given up his teaching position at the Braunschweig University of Art and had moved to a new studio in Hedwigsburg in 1989, was he able to return to work on his sculptures.
Numerous highly productive years followed, which included retrospectives in Osnabrück and Recklinghausen, plus his participation in the exhibition "Europäische Plastik der Informel" at the Wilhelm Lehmbruckmuseum in Duisburg in 1995.
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