Peter Horn was born in 1936 in Kiel, Germany. Instructed by his mother, he made his first attempts at weaving while still a pupil. After graduation with the ‚Abitur‘, he enrolled at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel to train to be a teacher for English and Geography. During 1958 he went to the Muthesius-Schule, Kiel‘s art and design college, as a guest reader on the preliminary course. In 1959-60 he studied at Queen‘s College at the University of London. It was on his return from England that Peter Horn turned intensively to drawing, painting and, most of all, tapestry weaving.

After qualifying as a teacher in 1962, he took up the post of supply teacher at a secondary school in Neumünster. He was asked to take over all art lessons, which suited his interests very much. He stayed at the school until 1970, when he was invited to move to the Kiel School of Pedagogics (Pädagogische Hochschule), after he had obtained a teaching degree in art, as his third subject, in 1969.

At the Pädagogische Hochschule he taught the subjects of textile crafts and, later, also art, on the teacher training course, passing on his skills and experience in several artistic disciplines, but especially of tapestry, to many students. His studio work took the place of a second career, parallel to his day job, resulting in a combination which, due to many overlaps within the artistic disciplines, made for intensive and satisfying work.

Peter Horn established himself over the decades as a well-known tapestry weaver, finding recognition especially abroad, testimony to which are his participation in many exhibitions and a number of awards since the‘70s. In 1998, he was invited on the jury of the 9th International Tapestry Triennial Lódz/Poland. In 2002 he was European juror for the 4th American Tapestry Biennial, and in 2004 he was a juror of „Karpit 2“, carried out in 2005 in Budapest/Hungary.

He is a member of the American Tapestry Alliance (www.americantapestryalliance.org) and since 2000 founding member of the European Tapestry Forum (www.tapestry.dk).

From 1994 until his retirement in 2001 Peter Horn taught at the University‘s art history department. He had planned to allocate the extra time available to him since retiring to his studio work, but he was set back in his ability to work creatively by the death of his daughter at the age of 33 in 2001. It took a long time before he could return to his beloved work on the loom.

In 2019 his wife Rosemarie died unexpectedly from a severe cerebral haemorrhage. She and Peter Horn had been married for 58 years then. After this second stroke of fate Peter Horn took a longer-term break in his artistic work. But he found out that starting his work on the loom again could help him to find his way back to daily artistic and social life. (2022)