About Odo

Was born in Leverkusen, Germany in 1961

Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl. Ing. Maschinenbau, RWTH Aachen)
1991 free-lance artist, collaboration and studio art studies with Prof Thomas Virnich, Braunschweig
Art Akademie
1993 official recognition as an artist by Prof H.P. Schall, Duesseldorf Art Academy
1997 European Award for Art with Solar Technology (Eurosolar)
2001 to present Executive member of the Art Association Solarbird
2005 – 2007 Chairman of the Art Association Leverkusen

Specialization: Sculptures made of steel and industrial scrap metal Solar Bird sculpture for the city
of Cologne

2005 to present “Odonien”, an open art space and public sculpture park project

Sculptures for public places in Finland, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Tunisia, Cameroon and
Cap Verde Islands


Odo, citizen of the world.

My curiosity drives me to discover how different people live on our planet. What do we have in common?
What makes us different? What values do we hold and what is it we believe in?

I am naturally inquisitive about the world and I find the unfamiliar especially enticing.
I am ready to immerse myself in this new, exciting world, ready to observe and experience unconditionally,
with all my senses. I want to think, feel, taste and learn to understand those friends I have not even met.
But it also makes me reflect on myself, who I am and who I am not.

Can I be different and stay the same? Does our upbringing, faith or values separate us?
Would we be the same if we had grown up in each other’s place?
Everything that resonates with me is analyzed, compared, evaluated and stored.

The artist in me is constantly at work, clandestinely sketching, drawing, designing.
Materials, machines, and tools are being recruited and employed along the way.
Eventually everything comes together and something new is conceived.

Palingenesis as an expression of all synergies and auras.

What inspired you to create your work for Identity Nomads?

I have visions of Cyborgs and Bionic beings being conceived to constantly reinvent themselves, fusing beliefs and myths of present and future. These are Nomads of a new kind, constantly on the move to seak out the unknown.

Short Biography


Galeri Raos, Batu, Indonesia
“Odo Rumpf – Art”, Art- and Culture Free State Odonien, Cologne, Germany
“Ganz schön so” Artist Bunker, Leverkusen, Germany
Art Symposium, Schlamau, Germany
“find and search”, Technology Park, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
“Kunst hilft Geben”, Hotel Exelsior, Cologne, Germany
“Artconnection”, Michael Horbach Foundation, Cologne, Germany

“Coloured City”, Hürth, Germany
“Re-Art”, Hall for Contemporary Art, Ihlienworth, Germany
“Kunst hilft Geben”, New Space for Arts, Cologne, Germany
“Artconnection”, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

“TheRhineArt”, Sculpture Park Katharinenhof, Bonn, Germany
Art Route Cologne, Art- and Culture Free State Odonien, Cologne, Germany
Art Days Unkel, Germany
“Artconnection”, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

Art- and Cultural Center (s), Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde Islands
12th Contemporary Art Fair, MAG, Montreux, Switzerland
Artpul, Contemporary Art Fair, Rolling Mill Pulheim, Germany
Cultural Days Arlberg, St.Anton, Austria
Art Space Industrial Memorial Gravel Plant, City Weil on the Rhine, Germany
Museum Defense Tower Zündorf, Cologne, Germany
Gallery Heidefeld, Krefeld, Germany

International Artist Symposium, Schwab-Munich, Germany
Gallery Cata Odata, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Art Association Bad Godesberg, “Rostkunst”, Bonn, Germany
Contemporary International Art Fair, Cologne, Germany

International Art Festival „Old House New Art“, Izmir, Turkey
Gallery Sassen, Bonn, Germany
Artconnection, Studio DuMont, Cologne, Germany

European Culture Capital Turku, „Dialogue Cities: Turku – Cologne“, Finland

Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, Germany

Ministry of Environment, Berlin, Germany

Galerie am Werk, „15 Years Retrospectives“, Leverkusen, Germany
Centro Espositivo Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Italy
Art Association Erkelenz, “Kunsttransfer”, Heinzberg, Germany

Institute of Cultures, Gallery Phönix, Moscow
Horticultural Show Leverkusen, Germany

Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Euregionale Monheim, Germany

House of Arts Bocholt, Germany

Municipal Museum Schwedt/Oder, Germany

Municipal Museum Troisdorf, Burg Wissem, Germany
German Art- and Exhibition Hall, Bonn, Germany

Art Association Stolberg, Germany

German Center for Tourism, New York, USA

Art Association Hückelhoven, Germany

significant artworks in public places

„Solarbird“, solar-kinetic sculpture, Banks of Rhine, Cologne, Germany
„Afrique“, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Yaoundé, Cameroon
„Quelle“, fountain-sculpture, Thermal Bath Arcen, Netherlands
„Greeter“, Sculpture Park Maharès,Tunisia
„Orpheus“, University Cologne, Germany
„Max“, wind-kinetic sculpture, Rhine Park Leverkusen, Germany
„Inter-Galactical-Tourist“, St. Anton, Austria Solarflower”, solar-kinetic sculpture, Municipal Utility Munich, Germany
„Suncatcher”, solar-light-sculpture, Municipal Utility Geldern, Germany
„New Moon Fairy“, Plaza Galleria Maaret Finnberg, Turku, Finland
„Time-machine“, kinetic sculpture, Bagevi-Hotel, Urla (Izmir), Turkey
„AAA”, kinetic sculpture, Schwab-Munich, Germany
„Big Turtle” Roundabout Airport Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde Islands

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