Michael Schoenholtz was born in 1937 in Duisburg. He studied sculpture at the University of the Fine Arts in West Berlin from 1957 to 1963 and was a master student of Ludwig Gabriel Schrieber. From 1971 to 2005 he taught as a professor at the University of Arts in Berlin and was director of the fine arts department of the Academy of Arts in Berlin from 1997 to 2003. He received an award from the International Sculptors’ Triennial in Poznań (Poland) in 2006. Schoenholtz died in 2019 in Berlin.