HA (Hans-Jürgen) Schult was born in Parchim (near Schwerin) in 1939 and grew up in Berlin. From 1958 to 1961 he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. From 1961 to 1978 he lived in Munich, from 1978 to 1980 in Cologne and from 1978 to 1986 in New York. In 1986, he founded the Museum für Aktionskunst in Essen. From 1986 to 1991 he commuted between Germany and New York, and from 1991 to 1992 he lived in Berlin. In 1992, he moved from Essen to Cologne with his museum. Since 2007, the ÖkoGlobe, which has been initiated by him, has been awarded annually to the mobility industry as the first international environmental prize. In 2009, he and Ferdinand Dudenhöffer became the founding director of the ÖkoGlobe Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Schult realized numerous actions in collaboration with his muse and former wife Elke Koska and, in recent years, also with the violinist and performer Anna Zlotovskaya from Moscow. HA Schult was represented in 1972 with the biokinetic landscapes at Documenta 5 in Kassel and also in 1977 at Documenta 6. His most famous works include the Fluglauto in Cologne and the worldwide exhibited Trash People. Other major projects were: Action 20,000 km (1970), Venezia Vive (1976), Crash (New York, 1977), Now (New York, 1983), Fetish Car (Rheinland, 1996).