Born in 1979 in Velden, Germany. Sailstorfer studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich (Prof. Olaf Metzel) and received his MA at Goldsmiths University, London in 2004.
Known for his site-specific interventions, artist aims to give new meanings and functions to objects by challenging traditional sculpture principles with his works. Much of Sailstorfer's work is based on revealing the physical elements of an object, breaking it apart. From car tires to popcorn machines or trees, Sailstorfer reinterprets everyday objects with poetic and often absurd interventions. The familiar objects he uses in his works are systematically stripped of their original functions and acquire alternative meanings in different contexts. Sailstorfer, who makes experimental works beyond physicality by using smell, sound, and light, continues to create in painting, performance, photography and film environments besides sculpture and installation.
Michael Sailstrofer lives and works in Berlin.
Selected collections, Center Pompidou (France), Fondazione Morra Greco (Italy), Jerry Speyer (USA), Leopold Hoesch Museum (Germany), Mariano Pichler Collection (Italy), MARTa Herford (Germany), MUSEION (Italy), Museum Kurhaus Kleve (Germany), Paolo Kind (England), Sammlung Boros (Germany), Sammlung Goetz (Germany), Städel Museum (Germany) and Walker Art Center (USA)