Ulrich Behl (September 22, 1939 in Arnswalde; † September 1, 2021 in Kiel) was a German draftsman, graphic artist and object artist. He is one of the representatives of concrete art.
In 1945, after the end of the war, Behl was expelled with his family to Scherenbostel near Hanover. In 1961 he graduated from the Luther School in Hanover. From 1961 to 1964 he studied at the teacher training college in Alfeld (Leine), primarily with the sculptor Kurt Schwerdtfeger.
Since 1962 he has been dealing with serial and structural designs. From 1962 to 1964 he directed the Trialogical Cabaret together with Georg Marx and Christian Schlockwerder. In 1963/64 he worked on the reconstruction of Kurt Schwerdtfeger’s reflective color games from the Weimar Bauhaus period and later directed them. In 1964 he lost his entire artistic production through theft. From 1964 to 1971 he worked as a school teacher in Harpstedt near Bremen. Since 1965, hand drawing has been his primary artistic medium. Since 1967 he has worked in the field of prints (focus on lithography) and dealt with the phenomenon of light. From 1967 to 1968 he studied at the Werkkunstschule in Hanover with Raimund Girke and Rolf Hartung and completed his studies with the secondary school teacher’s exam for art education and handicrafts. From 1968 to 1971 he was again in the school service in Harpstedt near Bremen, as well as a specialist seminar leader for fine arts. He worked in adult education and headed the local adult education center. From 1971/72 he worked on installations, e.g. the color mixing ambience. In 1971 he moved to Kiel. From 1971 to 1975 he studied art history at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel and from 1971 to 1979 he worked as a lecturer in art education at the University of Education in Kiel: Reconstruction of the reflective colored light plays by Kurt Schwerdtfeger with students; repeated public performances in the Kunsthalle zu Kiel.
From 1979/80 he created objects, paper-covered wooden constructions. From 1981 he was head of the department for literature, art and design at the adult education center in Kiel. From 1987 he designed and realized metallic floating objects. In 1989 he took part in the 3rd PRO Conference on Constructivism in Rotterdam. In 1993 he became a member of the German Association of Artists. In 1995 he took part in the Venice Biennale in the ARTELAGUNA special show. In 2002 he initiated and founded the Kiel studio community ninety degrees together with Suzana Hlináková, Frank Peter, Dieter Stolte and Susan Walke.