Born in Bavaria in 1937, NILS-UDO studied graphic arts, but quickly turned away from painting which he considered artificial. He began to "draw with flowers, paint with clouds and write with water."
Since the early 1970s, NILS-UDO has been working in and with the landscape, creating ephemeral works of art which he immortalises with photography. The artist draws his inspiration from new vegetation, new topography and uses these materials such as petals, leaves and branches to compose his works.
In 1978, he created his first "Nest in the Lüneburg Heath". The self-portrait taken in the heart of the elementary structure, is the only self-portrait to date. The Nest, a favourite theme, has since given rise to a multitude of mineral and vegetal variations depending on the materials used, from bamboo to wicker, branches, and stones.
Since 2004, NILS-UDO has taken up his paint brushes again and, in parallel to his in-situ installations and photographic work, he now also creates abstract paintings. Ruinart shares with Nils Udo this vision of a tight connection between people and nature.