A. R. Penck

A. R. Penck

A. R. Penck

Dresde 1939

German painter, sculptor, poet, graphic artist and musician. He passed his childhood during the Great War, a fact that influenced his work and thought. He studied with a group of neo-expressionists painters, like Baselitz, Lüperts, Immendorff or Kiefer. He took part into artistic shows in Berlin West side and was pioneer on the first `free speech´ works in Berlin East. He exhibited in Zeitgeist and gained renown in Martin Gropius Bau Museum and in the Modern Art exhibition of the Tate Britain in 1983.

At the beginning of the 60s, he made his first filiform and schematic figures that popularised his style. Years later, this language of signs will become more and more complex, because of the using of maths, cybernetics or the theoretical physics. His paintings are possibly influenced by Paul Klee, they mix the clarity of Egyptian or Maya calligraphy and the harshness of his last black paintings, like Jackson Pollock´s. Sculptures are frequently reminiscences of the stone heads from Pascua Island and some other artistic expressions from Polynesia.