Klaus Rinke (1939) embodies the term “universal artist” more than almost any other. With studios in Düsseldorf and Los Angeles, Rinke is a painter, drawer, graphic artist, sculptor, and performance and land artist.
The notably versatile Rinke studied at the Folkwang School in Essen in the late 1950s and then celebrated his first successes in Paris. From 1974 he had the honor of teaching as a professor at the internationally renowned Kunstakademie Düsseldorf for thirty years, a length of time that few artists have paralleled.
“I often used to tell my students at the Academy this: You have to think in a new way, that’s how new art comes about. [...] You just have to think in a new way.” – Klaus Rinke
Today Rinke’s works can be found in lots of prestigious collections, including at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and the Collection of the German Bundestag in Berlin.
Rinke’s very conceptual way of working can also be seen in his six-part series “Hohes C” (“High C”, 1991), in which he sounds out the interaction between shape and color spaces through the artistic technique of etching, coming to six different results, of which each is a distinctive piece of work.