The artist Jo Kley was born in Ulm in 1964. In 1981 he completed an apprenticeship as a stonemason and stone sculptor in his hometown. From 1991 to 1997 he studied fine arts and sculpture (MA) at the Muthesius School of Fine Arts in Kiel under Professor Jan Koblasa. 2012 Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) at the University of Pécs in Hungary under Professor Colin Foster. Jo Kley has been a freelance artist since 1995. As a participant, organizer and curator, he has participated in numerous sculpture symposia at home and abroad and has been present at numerous exhibitions. Around 100 of his monumental sculptures are in public space in Germany and 20 other countries from the Far East to Europe and North and South America. In 1998 he launched the art concept 'KleyCity', which presents monumental tower sculptures in 24 countries to date. In 2003 he was Artist-in-Residence, City of Uto, Japan. Jo Kley lives in Kiel, his studio is located in a former gravel pit.