Peter Funken was born in 1954 in Heinsberg, Germany. He studied Art education and Business studies at the Braunschweig University of Art, Art building history and Germanic studies at the RWTH Aachen and subsequently completed a PhD to become a Doctor of Philosophy with the subject “The machine in the 19th and 20th century: The representation of technical and mechanical principles of 19th and 20th century fine art – with a digression into the use of technical metaphor in literature since the Romantic age”.
Peter Funken lives and works in Berlin as a curator, art journalist, author and coach since 1983.
Stefan Maria Rother
Stefan Maria Rother was born in 1966 in Essen. He studied at the International Centre of Photography in New York from 1985 to 1986 and assisted several photographers based in the Big Apple. In 1987 he moved to Berlin to continue his photography studies at the Lette-Verein. Since then, Rother has been working worldwide as a freelance photographer for magazines (Focus, Stern, Spiegel, etc.), agencies and companies.
Stefan Maria Rother is a regular member of the German Photographic Society (DGPH), course director of media Photography at the SET – School of Entertainment and Technology, as well as a lecturer of photography at the Art Academy Berlin Weissensee.
Stefan Maria Rother collects art, predominantly works on paper – mostly drawings.
Guillaume Trotin (born 1979) is curating the Urban Art Section of the KÖLNER and BERLINER LISTE since 2016. At each edition he has put together an impressive collection of urban art – an art form coming from the streets, now conquering a relevant space at the sacred halls of the art fair.
The French born gallerist is based in Berlin and the moving spirit behind the renowned OPEN WALLS Gallery in Berlin-Mitte. Part of the presentation at the KÖLNER LISTE is building an engaging environment for both the audience and the artists making them feeling comfortable to communicate.