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Rainer Fetting (German, b.1949)

Sculptures

Birth Place: Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Biography:

Who is sculptor and artist Rainer Fetting?

Rainer Fetting is a German sculptor and painter whose work with the Mortizboys in the 1970s helped put him on the map as one of the best known contemporary German artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. His work is often figurative, diverse in its subject matter, and frequently uses bronze as a preferred medium. Since the 1980s, Fetting has become one of German’s most decorated artists, having universally been embraced by the commercial and high art worlds. He’s written several best selling books, including the biographies Self Portraits, Rainer Fetting -- Gemalde und Zeichnungen, and Landschaften/Landscapes.

Rainer Fetting was the recipient of a large grant from DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, allowing him to explore New York for a year in 1984. This popularized his work with an American audience, gaining even more popularity when his work was used prominently in the Willem Dafoe movie, To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). Today Fetting has mounted numerous solo exhibitions and his work resides in some of the most prestigious public collections in the world including The Berlin Museum, Musee Cannes in France, the Remington Collection, the Portland Art Museum, and several others.

What kind of art does Rainer Fetting make?

Rainer Fetting makes paintings and sculptures that are frequently associated with the German New Expressionists, dubbed the “Wild Ones” by the press. Fetting’s work centers around the human condition, our vulnerability in a cold and dark world. His pieces are extremely evocative, often using muted tones of blue and black to give the darkness color and depth. More recently, he’s branched out to include landscape painting -- focusing on humanity’s relationship with the environment around them. Ever an experimenter, since the 1980s Fetting has added photography to his growing list of artistic mediums. No matter the medium, it’s sure that a Fetting piece will always be full of emotion, ingenuity, and wonderful aesthetic value.

How did sculptor/artist Rainer Fetting get started?

Rainer Fetting was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany to a middle-class family in 1949. His childhood was informed by much of what was going on in post-war Europe. Fetting was expressive from an early age but didn’t come to art until well into his adulthood. First trained as a carpenter, Fetting worked as a stage designer for some time before enrolling at the Academy of Art Berlin in 1972. This was where he met the other artists of the Mortizboys, who quickly formed a gallery in Berlin. This allowed him to receive a grant from DAAD to continue his work and studies in New York City. While there, Rainer strung together success after success. By the end of the 1980s, he was one of Germany’s best-known artists.

How much are Rainer Fetting sculptures and paintings worth?

Rainer Fetting has a wide range of value when his art becomes available at auction, from just a few thousand for a painting to over $100,000 for major work. The most ever paid for a Rainer Fetting painting at auction is $194,000 for the piece Mauer Am Sudstern (1988) which sold for $194,000 on May 31st, 2008. This was nearly $100,000 more than its initial high estimate and seems representative of the high-end value of a Fetting painting. He has had four paintings sell for over $100,000.

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