Karl Heinz Droste studied painting at the Art Academy in Halle from 1949 to 1951. From 1951 to 1952 he studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Droste moved to West Berlin in 1952 to avoid expulsion due to allegations of formalism. From 1952 to 1958 he studied painting with Hans Jaenisch and sculpture with Bernhard Heiliger at the Berlin University of the Art. Since 1959 there have been numerous solo exhibitions and participation in exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Karl Heinz Droste lived and worked in Berlin-Charlottenburg until his death in 2005.
The range of works by Karl Heinz Droste is diverse. In addition to bronze reliefs and bronze sculptures, he created ceramics, etchings, drawings, pastels, watercolors and photographs. After graduating, Droste developed his own formal language in the spirit of informal art early on with his bronze reliefs.
He won numerous awards: 1960 German Youth Art Prize (together with Paul Wunderlich and Lothar Fischer) in 1961 Prize of the Association of German Critics and 1964 Art Prize of the City of Berlin (Young Generation)
His works are collected by large institutions like MOMA and MET as well as many German museums.