Heinz Mack attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the 1950s, during which time he also earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Cologne. Mack entered the canon of art history for his part in creating ZERO, an artistic movement founded with Otto Piene in 1957. He participated at Documenta II (1959) and Documenta III (1966), also representing the Federal Republic of Germany at the 35th Venice Biennale (1970). Mack has been honoured with major awards, including the Premio Marzotto (1963), the 1st Prix Arts Plastiques at the 4th Paris Biennale (1965) and the Grand Federal Cross of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany (2011). Mack's work has been shown in nearly 300 solo exhibitions and numerous other group exhibitions. His works can also found in over 130 public collections.