Erich Bodeker

1904 – 1971
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
Wood;Concrete;Paint;Mixed media
Born in Recklinghausen (Germany) Erich Bödeker (1904-1971), after completing his primary education, at the age of around fourteen went to work in a coal mine, in these days an important industry in the German Ruhr area...He would continue this job for over forty years, until in 1959, at age 54, he contracted silicosis and was declared unfit... For Bödeker this was the moment to start a new life...Much to the astonishment of his family and friends he began making sculptures from all types of waste material such as old boxes, kitchenware, parts of machines...After his first experiences with this kind of activity he continued making sculptures by mainly using wood and concrete, in particular with a focus upon depicting persons and animals...He covered his sculptures with rain-resistant brightly colored paint... Bödeker displayed his creations in the garden around his house, which was located along a street in the outskirts of the town. In general the garden included some hundred items...In 1961, fairly soon after Bödeker had started as a naive artist, the director of the museum in Recklinghausen, by chance passed the location, saw the sculptures and contacted the sculptor. The meeting resulted in an exposition of Bödeker's sculptures in the local town hall...Thereafter Bödeker almost every year got expositions. In 1970 he participated in the first Triennial of Naive Art in Bratislava (INSITA) , where he won the first prize for sculptures. [Retrieved on 1/31/2018 from]
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