Volker Bartsch (1953) is a German sculptor and painter. He studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. His first commission for public space was the Ammonite Fountain on Olof-Palme-Platz in Berlin, which was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987. The main themes of the 1990s were the gate as a symbol of the passage as well as the obstacle in its cultural and philosophical significance. From 2001 onwards, space became the dominant theme in sculpture, painting and graphic art. Since 1983, Bartsch has lived as a freelance artist mainly in Berlin and has had a studio in Wildenbruch near Potsdam since 1996. In addition to longer working stays and residencies in North Africa, Portugal, Tuscany, Rome and London more than 50 solo and numerous group exhibitions have taken him through Europe.
In 2006/2007, Volker Bartsch designed and built the bronze sculpture "Perspectives", which, at 8 × 9 × 12 m, is considered to be the largest and most complex bronze sculpture in Europe to date. It is permanently located in front of the Henry Ford Building of Freie Universität in Berlin-Dahlem and is dedicated to students who were murdered during the university's founding phase because of their commitment to academic and political freedom.