(German, 1964) is a sculptor and photographer. Born in Munich, he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste there (1987–1990), and later attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1990–1992) and Goldsmiths College in London (1993–1994), where he obtained an MFA.
Demand studied with sculptor Fritz Schwegler
, who encouraged him to explore architectural models. Much like artists Andreas Gursky
, Thomas Struth
, and Candida Höfer
, Demand creates large-scale photographs, but instead of taking pictures of landscapes, buildings, and crowds, he constructs three-dimensional models that are designed to look like real spaces. Once he has photographed his re-created environments, Demand destroys his models as means of exploring the tension between the reproduction and original.
Demand has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and he has represented Germany in the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo.
Demand currently lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin, and teaches at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg.