Arnulf RAINER was born in Baden near Vien­na in 1929. From 1947 to 1949 he stud­ied at the state trade school in Vil­lach. After­wards he was a stu­dent at the Acad­e­my of Applied Arts and the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in Vien­na for only a short time. Ini­tial­ly inspired by the style of the fan­tas­tic or abstract real­ism, Rain­er devel­oped his own artis­tic expres­sion ear­ly on. He found­ed the dog group with Ernst Fuchs, Anton Lehm­den, Arik Brauer, Wolf­gang Hol­legha and Josef Mikl. In 1951 he turns away from the fan­tas­tic and begins with his blind paint­ings. At the same time, the first over­paint­ings were cre­at­ed, to which he devot­ed him­self inten­sive­ly until the mid-1960s. In 1956, Rain­er joined the group of painters at Galerie St. Stephan togeth­er with Josef Mikl, Wolf­gang Hol­legha and Markus Prachen­sky. In 1959, Rain­er found­ed the Pina­to­ri­um artist group with Ernst Fuchs and Frieden­sre­ich Hun­dert­wass­er, which remained until 1968. From the mid-1960s he start­ed his exper­i­ments under drug intox­i­ca­tion and worked on paint­ing the men­tal­ly ill. Dur­ing this time, Rainer’s gri­mace pho­tos were also tak­en with and with­out over­paint­ing. As a result, he expand­ed his artis­tic work through the media of video and film. In 1981 he was appoint­ed to the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in Vien­na (retired 1995) and Rain­er became a mem­ber of the Acad­e­my of Arts in Berlin. In 2009 the Arnulf Rain­er Muse­um opens in Frauen­bad in Baden. In 1966 Arnulf Rain­er received the Aus­tri­an State Prize for Graphics.
In 1978 he rep­re­sent­ed Aus­tria at the Venice Bien­nale and received the great Aus­tri­an State Prize. In 2015 Rain­er was award­ed the Aus­tri­an Cross of Hon­or for Sci­ence and Art.

Arnulf RAINER was born in Baden near Vien­na in 1929. From 1947 to 1949 he stud­ied at the state trade school in Vil­lach. After­wards he was a stu­dent at the Acad­e­my of Applied Arts and the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in Vien­na for only a short time. Ini­tial­ly inspired by the style of the fan­tas­tic or abstract real­ism, Rain­er devel­oped his own artis­tic expres­sion ear­ly on. He found­ed the dog group with Ernst Fuchs, Anton Lehm­den, Arik Brauer, Wolf­gang Hol­legha and Josef Mikl. In 1951 he turns away from the fan­tas­tic and begins with his blind paint­ings. At the same time, the first over­paint­ings were cre­at­ed, to which he devot­ed him­self inten­sive­ly until the mid-1960s. In 1956, Rain­er joined the group of painters at Galerie St. Stephan togeth­er with Josef Mikl, Wolf­gang Hol­legha and Markus Prachen­sky. In 1959, Rain­er found­ed the Pina­to­ri­um artist group with Ernst Fuchs and Frieden­sre­ich Hun­dert­wass­er, which remained until 1968. From the mid-1960s he start­ed his exper­i­ments under drug intox­i­ca­tion and worked on paint­ing the men­tal­ly ill. Dur­ing this time, Rainer’s gri­mace pho­tos were also tak­en with and with­out over­paint­ing. As a result, he expand­ed his artis­tic work through the media of video and film. In 1981 he was appoint­ed to the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in Vien­na (retired 1995) and Rain­er became a mem­ber of the Acad­e­my of Arts in Berlin. In 2009 the Arnulf Rain­er Muse­um opens in Frauen­bad in Baden. In 1966 Arnulf Rain­er received the Aus­tri­an State Prize for Graphics.
In 1978 he rep­re­sent­ed Aus­tria at the Venice Bien­nale and received the great Aus­tri­an State Prize. In 2015 Rain­er was award­ed the Aus­tri­an Cross of Hon­or for Sci­ence and Art.


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