Boris Herbert Kleint was born in Masmünster (Alsace) in 1903. He studies psychology, philosophy and medicine in the universities of Heldelberg, Berlin, Leipzig and Würzburg. From 1925 he works under Max Wertheimer – founder of the Gestalt theory. In 1933 in Berlin, he studies art with Johannes Itten and becomes his assistant. In 1936 Kleint leaves Nazi Gemany and settles in Luxembourg. Between the years 1936-1942 he goes to visit Walter Gropius in London. He also travels to Paris where he meets with Picasso, Braque and Kandinsky whom he admires. In 1944, when the Allies liberate Luxembourg, Kleint is imprisoned because of his German nationality and spends four weeks in prison.
After the Second World War he returns to Germany and gives painting lessons at the State School for Arts and Crafts in Saarbrücken. Together with Leo Erb he founds in 1957 the New Saar Group Artists Association. His famous work “The Image Theory” is published in 1969. Kleint participates in many exhibitions worldwide. His first one man show takes place at the Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken, in 1948. A major retrospective of his work is presented in that same venue in 1993. Kleint’s artistic style is very rich and diverse. He used to describe himself as looking for a “visual universality” in art while searching for a personal style. Kleint dies in Saarbrücken in 1996.