Fritz Schwegler (born 1935) is a German painter, graphic artist, sculptor and musician.Born in the Swabian town of Breech near Göppingen, Schwegler was first apprenticed as a joiner to his father. He then traveled through the whole of Europe for three years, where he visited 21 cities. As an artist, he first appeared as an iconoclastic, uncanny creator of image collages and spoken performances, entitled "Effeschiaden", "Effeschiadiana", "Effeschiaturen", "Moritafeln", "Zehnerschaften", "Viererreihen" and "Urnotizen", which were also accompanied by photographs and film sequences, but later he also made sculptures out of wood and produced a series of 1000 bronze sculptures.Schwegler exhibited at the documentas 5 and 8 in Kassel.In 1999 he received the Hans Thoma Prize, and in 2003 he was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award of Sculpture for outstanding achievements in the field of sculpture. According to the jurors, Werner Spies, Manfred Schneckenburger and Dominic van den Boogerd, "at the end of the 20th century," Schwegler "created a register of plastic art without comparison."For three decades, Schwegler was a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he retired in 2001. Among his students were Thomas Demand, Katharina Fritsch, Martin Honert, Thomas Huber, and Thomas Schütte.