Heinz Feuerborn

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Sculpture Youth as Preserver of the World in the Bad Godesberg City Centre

Heinz Feuerborn (* 16 May 1930 in Hemer, district of Iserlohn; † 1 September 2018[1] in Bonn-Bad Godesberg) was a painter and sculptor from Bonn.


Heinz Feuerborn was the eldest son of the tailor and furrier Wilhelm Feuerborn, who was killed as a soldier in 1941, and his wife Elisabeth. He attended elementary school in Hemer until 1944, then completed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer and attended vocational school in Iserlohn. This was followed by an apprenticeship as a draftsman until 1950 and attendance at the engineering school in Hagen until 1951.

From 1952 Heinz Feuerborn studied at the German Sports University in Cologne and graduated as a sports teacher in 1955. In the meantime, he became West German champion in the decathlon in 1954 and also held the German university record in this discipline.

After his studies Heinz Feuerborn became a coach in the athletics department of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and from 1956 a sports teacher in the school service, since 1957 at the Beethoven-Gymnasium in Bonn, where he also became an art teacher from 1964.

In 1960 Heinz Feuerborn married the general practitioner Dr. Margreth Sondermann. In 1993 he retired from his profession. He lived and worked in Muffendorf, Bonn-Bad Godesberg until his death.

Artistic work

In 1961 Heinz Feuerborn began his artistic training at the Cologne Werkschulen and the Cologne Werklehrerseminar and passed his exams there in 1964. At this time he created numerous sculptural works with different materials and techniques, especially bronze castings and ytong sculptures. He mainly depicted animals and people as well as groups of sculptures in the transition from realistic to abstract representation.

The beginning of his painterly work can also be dated to the 1960s, which mainly comprises watercolor and ink drawings and works in oil on canvas. In the 1970s he experienced a formative collaboration with the painter and sculptor Fritz Petsch from Bad Godesberg-Muffendorf.


Exhibitions (selection)

  • Deckerhaus, Bonn (1977)
  • Beethoven-Gymnasium, Bonn (1979)
  • Stadthalle, Bonn-Bad Godesberg (1983)
  • Wine press house, Bonn-Bad Godesberg (1984, 1988, 2005, 2017)
  • Wine house Muffendorf, Bonn-Bad Godesberg (1999)
  • Felsenmeermuseum, Hemer (2007)
  • House at the Redoute, Bonn-Bad Godesberg (2008)

Art in public space

  • Frog fountain (a bronze fountain), Bonn-Muffendorf (1981)
  • Bronze base plate 1100 years of Muffendorf, main street Bonn-Muffendorf (1988)
  • Sculpture Christ on the cross, burial place cemetery Bonn-Muffendorf (1991)
  • Bronze sculpture Playing Children, Remi-Baert-Platz, Bonn-Muffendorf (1993)
  • Fountain figure Youth as Preserver of the World, Alte Bahnhofstraße, Bad Godesberg (1993), erected at the location in 2003[2]


  • Bronze sculpture owl, “Liberaler Bürgerpreis” of the FDP Bad Godesberg


  • Heinz Feuerborn, Angelika U. Schmid, Udo Giesen (photos): Plastic Works from 1965 to 2005: With an Art Historical View. Siering-Verlag, Bonn 2005. ISBN 978-3-923154-33-3
  • Heinz Feuerborn, Angelika U. Schmid, Udo Giesen (photos): Kunst als Lebenselixier, Das malerische Schaffen von 1962 bis 2017, Bonn 2017.

Web links

Commons: Heinz Feuerborn– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Richard Bongartz Art was Heinz Feuerborn’s elixir of life. In: General-Anzeiger. 5. September 2018.
  2. Bronze sculpture adorns fountain in the Alte Bahnhofstraße, General-Anzeiger, 22 January 2003