Born 1982 in Cologne, Germany. Studied German Literature, Classical Literature and Film- and Television studies for a while, then didn't. Took up Communication studies for a shorter while, then left. Began studying Media Arts, whatever that means, at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, then switched over to Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he was a Meisterschüler with Prof Marcel Odenbach. Graduate diploma in the summer of 2016.


He received a scholarship from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in 2010 and in 2011 from Art Foundation Perdita and Hans-Peter Kunze. In 2017, he was awarded the Friedrich-Vordemberge-Stipend for Visual Arts of the City of Cologne. 


Over the years, he couldn't help but notice that he might be what is referred to as a "conceptual artist". In his practice, boundaries between media are more and more blurred, as they say, but there is a certain through-line dealing with language, psychology and culture to the work. Materials, methods and core interests include drawing, painting (and the history of painting), literature, journalism, ephemera, memorabilia, found objects (or "readymades" as in the Duchampian sense), American conceptual art of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Kemp is also a writer of sorts. He did some freelance work for Interview Magazine Berlin, had a book published by Sukultur, Berlin, based on his Online-Journal, and several artist publications, the first being "Mombasa Betty" in 2011 with Darling II Publication.