John Bock grew up on a farm in northern Germany and the life there informs his artistic universe. Bock studied both art and economy at Hamburg University. Today he lives and works in Berlin.
Bock’s first brush with fame was at the first Berlin Biennial in 1998, followed by his participation at Harald Szeemann’s Venice Biennial where he presented a total installation and gave a series of ‘lectures.’ His great international breakthrough came at documenta 11 in Kassel in 2002. He has subsequently exhibited at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (2003), at the Venice Biennial (no. 48, 50 and 51), Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris (2005) and at Kunstwerke in Berlin, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, Bawag Foundation in Vienna, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2006), Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2007), Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater; Gallery at RedCat in Los Angeles (2008), "PARA-SCHIZO, ensnarled" at Arko Art Center and "Films Videos" at Insa Art Space Seoul in Korea (2009).
In 2008 Bock received the ARKEN Art Prize.
Moreover Bock is represented in a number of museums the world over, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Les Abattoirs Musée d’Art Contemporain de Toulouse, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.