Ulrich Erben was born in Düsseldorf in 1940. At the age of sixteen he moved to Rome and then, between 1958 and 1963, he studied at the Academy of Art in Hambourg, Venice, Monaco and Berlin. His works increasingly focused on the link between geometry and nature, with a particular interest in dimensions and spaces. Erben took part to some of the most important exhibitions dedicated to Analytical Painting, including: 'Perception Times', Casa della Cultura, Livorno, 1973; 'A possible future. New Painting ', Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara; 'Reflection about painting', Palazzo Comunale, Acireale; 'Geplante Malerei', Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; Galleria del Milione, Milan, 1974-75; 'The colours of painting', Italian-Latin American Institute, Rome, 1976. In 1977 he was invited to Kassel for 'Documenta 6'. In 2010 he held an important solo exhibition at Galleria Studio G7 in Bologna, with which he still cooperates. He took part to the main exhibition about Analytic Painting held by Zappettini Fundation and he also worked on mural projects. In 1980 he became Professor of Painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and, since 1992, he is a member of the Selection of Figurative Art of the Berlin Akademie der Künste. He currently lives and works in Düsseldorf.