Salomé was born Wolfgang Cihlarz in Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg) in 1954. From 1974 to 1980 he studied at the University of Arts, West Berlin, and was a master student under K. H. Hödicke. He was a co-founder of the Galerie am Moritzplatz in 1977. As one of the Neue Wilde group, Salomé worked on film and performances in the 1970s. He took part in the 1982 documenta 7 in Kassel and his work was featured in the West Berlin Zeitgeist exhibition. In the 1990s he commuted between Berlin and New York. Salomé lives and works in Berlin.