Wolfgang Laib was born in Metzingen in 1950 and grew up in a cultured, open-minded family environment. In the 1960s, the family made several trips to Asia. Laib visited museums, monuments, archaeological and pilgrimage sites, coming into contact with cultures and lifestyles that were diametrically opposed to Western ones. In 1968, notwithstanding his profound interest in art, he began to study medicine. From 1970 onwards, the Laib family spent their summers in southern India, where his parents founded a project for sustainable development. Wolfgang Laib was greatly influenced by his contact with the local lifestyle. In 1972, the artist made his first sculpture, a Brahmanda ( “cosmic egg” in Sanskrit), and from that moment, devoted himself entirely to artistic creation. Over the course of his career, Laib has exhibited his work in major European and American museums, and has participated in many editions of Documenta and the Venice Biennale. In 2015 he received the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture. Laib currently lives and works in a small village in southern Germany, and for a few months every year in a house-cum- studio in Southern India.