Arnulf Rainer was born in Vienna in 1929. From 1947 to 1947 he studied at the artschool at Villach, followed by a study period at the Academy of Fine Arts. Already before he developed his own artistic style, Rainer was strongly inspired by the artistic circle of phantastic realists, with Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Ernst Fuchs among others. He was the co-founder of several artist groups, for instance Hundsgruppe, Pinatorium or Galerie nächst St. Stephan with Wolfgang Hollegha, Markus Prachensky and Josef Mikl. Arnulf Rainer war awarded many art prizes. He arranged a lot of exhibition at home and abroad and participated in the Biennale and in the documenta. From 1981 to 1995 he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts at Vienna. In 2009 the Arnulf Rainer museum opened in his hometown Baden in the vicinity of Vienna. Arnulf Rainer is one of the most important Austrian contemporary artists. A central motif in his work are the famous overpainted pictures. The color black is very important for him. Rainer experimented a lot with artistic creation.