Karsten Greve, born in 1946, studied in Cologne, Lausanne and Geneva. He started his career as an art dealer and publisher in 1969. From 1970 onwards, he operated the Möllenhof/Greve gallery. He opened the first of his own galleries at the beginning of 1973, his debut being a solo exhibition by Yves Klein in the gallery building at Lindenstraße, Cologne. Today, Galerie Karsten Greve is located in the heart of Cologne, close to the Diocesan Museum Kolumba, the MAK and the Cologne cathedral. Karsten Greve opened his other galleries in Paris in 1989 and in St. Moritz in 1999.
His intimate face-to-face contact with foremost artists, such as Cy Twombly, Louise Bourgeois, Jannis Kounellis, John Chamberlain and others, provided the base for the quality of his program, which is defined by international avant-garde after 1945. Apart from that, it has come to include artists like Joseph Cornell, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Louis Soutter, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Wols.
During 50 successful years as an international art dealer, Karsten Greve contributed significantly to the worldwide recognition of artists like Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Lucio Fontana, Gotthard Graubner, Jannis Kounellis, Pierre Soulages, Piero Manzoni and Cy Twombly. In addition to these highly acclaimed artistic positions, the gallery also represents contemporary artists like
Leiko Ikemura, as well as photographers Mimmo Jodice, Robert Polidori and Lynn Davis. The program is continously expanded to include rising young artists like Georgia Russell, Claire Morgan, Gideon Rubin, Raúl Illarramendi and Manish Nai.
The gallery's program is characterized by a high diversity of artistic genres represented these belonging to the classic media painting, drawing and graphic arts, sculpture and installation as well as photography. Complementing the shows on a high quality level, bibliophile catalogue editions are released.