Thomas Bayrle (* 1937 in Berlin), german painter, graphic and video artist. After his education as a weaver (1956-1958) Bayrle studied at the Werkkunstschule Offenbach from 1958 to 1961. In 1961 he and Bernhard Jäger founded the Gulliver-Presse. In 1964 he participated in the documenta III and in 1977 in the documenta 6. From 1964 - 1966 he created kinetic arts, for instance the "Nürnberger Orgie". Besides these kinetic objects he created graphics, textiles, objects, and movies. From 1972 to 2002 he was professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main.

1937 Born in Berlin
1953 Move to Frankfurt (Main)
He lives and works in Frankfurt (Main)
1956-58 Training in design and weaving
1958-1961 Studies graphic reproduction at the Werkkunstschule Offenbach
1961 Foundation of the publisher "Gulliver-Presse" with Bernhard Jäger
1970 Award of the Second British International Print Biennale, Bradford
1971 Scholarship of Villa Massimo, Rom
1972-2002 Professorship at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main
1995 Visiting professor at the Thohoku University, Sendai
Award of the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria
1997 Binding-Kulturpreis der Binding-Kulturstiftung, Frankfurt am Main
1998 Hessischer Kulturpreis, Wiesbaden
2000 KUNSTKÖLN-Award (since 2006: Cologne-Fine-Art-Preis)
2007 Goetheplakette of the City of Frankfurt
2012 Arnold-Bode-Award, Kassel

kinetic art oil painting painting
blockboard casein emulsion paint electric motor liquid wood oil paint particle board plastic, indefinite plywood time switch varnish, indefinite white glue wood putty