The Lore-Konietzko family
Boris Konietzko was born the son of the explorers and art dealers Julius Konietzko and his wife Lore, who later became Lore Kegel. His childhood was spent in Hamburg and sometimes with his grandparents in Düsseldorf which is were he was sent when his parents were on expeditions.
Due to the excellent personal relationship of his father with the Vienna based artist Carl Otto Czeschka, Boris and his brother Wolf became godsons of the artist.
In 1955 he undertook his first solo expedition to the Congo as part of his music and language studies and was able to collect objects for the newly founded art dealership "Lore Kegel - Exotische Kunst".
From 1956 to 1958 he took over the directorship the Zoological Gardens in Brazaville in the French colony of Equatorial Guinea. Due to this, he was also able to extend his knowledge of the local cultures and languages.
In 1957 Kegel-Konietzko became part-owner of his mothers company which then became known as "Kegel und Konietzko - Exotische Kunst".
In 1958 and 1959 he made two extended study and purchasing journeys to Central and West Africa. With his return to Germany he was able to firmly establish himself as an international art dealer.br>
In 1960 he was adopted by his stepfather Georg-Arthur Kegel. Since 1964 Boris Kegel-Konietzko is the single-owner of the "Boris Kegel-Konietzko Ethnographica" company. In addition to dealing in his own art gallery he was able able to supply museums, collectors and dealers with predominantly African art.
Up to 2000 he exhibited at the exhibitions of the "Deutschen Kunsthändlerverbandes".
His mother Lore Kegel was the sole heiress of the sculptor and graphic artist Friedrich Wield (15 March 1880 - 10 June 1940). After her death in 1980 Boris Kegel-Konietzko has administered the collection.
Source - Wikipedia (translation from German)