In Memoriam 
Christian Piper
1941 - 2019

Christian Piper was born in Oels. He studied at the art school in Aachen together with Bauhaus students of Paul Klee and Johannes Itten. In the 1970s, after his BA at the Folkwang University in Essen Werden, he went to New York and became assistant to Milton Glaser at the Push Pin Studio, which was then the leading studio for graphic design and illustration. Christian soon worked for The New York Times, The New Yorker and Vogue, designed books and record covers, including several LP's for the Rolling Stones. Later he turned more and more to the free arts. He created sculptures and various cycles of drawings and paintings. In 2005 he returned to Germany to work and live in Berlin and Görlitz. His artworks are part of major private collections worldwide.

1964/67 Artschool Aachen
Painting/Photography/Medieval Art History
1967/70 Folkwang Hochschule Essen Werden
1970 BA Art
1971 -2004 New York
1972-74 Assistant to Milton Glaser Illustration
Asian Art Studies
Assistant Teacher School of Visual Arts
1976 Freelance
Pina Bausch Costume Design
Visual Consultant Editorials New York Times
Publications/Vogue/Picture Newspaper/
New York Magazine/Atlantic Publication
Parco Publishing Tokyo/Issey Miaky Tokyo
1985 -2019 Paintings/Sculpture/Public Installation NYC

Century City Gallery, Los Angeles
Hall of Fame, Minnesota
Illustrator Guild, NYC
Meru Art Gallery, Brooklyn
Canal Pier, NYC: public installation stone collection West Side remnants
1999-2004: 20 ft. Sphinx Installation with geomantic impact: head in juncture with
Empire State Building to Statue of Liberty / New Jersey Tunnel in juncture to WT Center
Manhattan Bridge Viaduct - Installation Habitat II
Brooklyn Bridge - Installation Habitat IV

1971 Folkwang Förderpreis

1980 Gold Award Art Directors Club Chicago
1988 Century City Gallery, Los Angeles

New York Times, Rolling Stones, Picture Newspaper, Vogue, Issey Miyake, Parco Publishing Tokyo, Idea Magazine Tokyo, Graphis New York/Zürich, Atlantic Magazine

Represented in Private Collections:
Florida, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Munic, Zurich, Mallorca, New York City

MoMA NYC, Hall of Fame - Minnesota, Rolling Stone Museum - San Francisco


Muenster Zoo, 1953

Map of Manhattan to C. P.'s aknowledgement the downtown part from 23 street - the most creative in many aspects,

 the upper part the crystallization of that, with it's galleries, museums, theaters to be marked with an ornament.


ca. 1999, photo by Simon Grome