Horst Antes was born in Heppenheim (Hesse) in 1936. He studied art at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe under HAP Grieshaber. In 1957 he received the Art Prize of the City of Hanover, in 1961 the Young West art prize of the city of Recklinghausen, the Prix des artistes at the IIe Biennale des jeunes artistes in Paris and in 1966 the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts at the Venice Biennale. From 1962 to 1963 scholarships for the Villa Romana and the Villa Massimo enabled him to spend time in Italy. From 1967 to 1973 and from 1984 to 2000 he taught as a professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. Since 1985 Antes has lived in Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg), Italy and Berlin.