Thomas Schutte is a German contemporary artist. He sculpts, creates architectural designs, and draws. He lives and works in DÃ¼sseldorf. From 1973 to 1981 SchÃ¼tte studied art at the Kunstakademie DÃ¼sseldorf alongside Katharina Fritsch under Gerhard Richter, Fritz Schwegler, Daniel Buren and Benjamin Buchloh. SchÃ¼tte has received numerous awards, including the Kurt Schwitters Preis fÃ¼r Bildende Kunst der NiedersÃ¤chsischen Sparkassenstiftung, 1998, and the Kunstpreis der Stadt Wolfsburg, Germany, 1996. In 2005, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his work in MarÃa de Corral's exhibition "The Experience of Art". He was awarded the DÃ¼sseldorf Prize in 2010, previously given to Bruce Nauman, Marlene Dumas, and Rosemarie Trockel.'