Wieland Förster was born in Dresden in 1930. From 1953 to 1958 he studied sculpture at the Academy of Art in Dresden, followed by Fritz Cremer’s master class in East Berlin. In 1974 he was awarded the Käthe Kollwitz Prize of the Academy of Arts of the GDR. In 1974 he became a member of the Academy of Arts of the GDR, and in 1985 he was appointed professor. In 2000 he received the Federal Order of Merit, and in 2009 he was awarded the honorary prize of the Brandenburg Art Prize. Förster lives and works in Berlin and Oranienburg (Brandenburg).