Frieder Heinze was born in 1950 in Leipzig. From 1969 to 1974 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig under Werner Tübke and Wolfgang Mattheuer. In 1984 he was a co-initiator of the first Leipzig Autumn Salon exhibition. Collaborating with Olaf Wegewitz he produced the 1986 artists’ book Unaulutu, an art object that set a new benchmark for artistic creativity in the GDR. Heinze lives and works in Börtewitz (Saxony).