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 A. R. (Ralf Winkler) Penck  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: painting, sculpture, prints

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Born in Dresden in 1939 as Ralf Winkler, the painter and sculptor adopted several pseudonyms.  ‘A. R. Penck’ was eventually the name that stuck and that he is now famous for.

He started taking drawing lessons by Strawalde and in the early 1950s completed an apprenticeship as an advertising artist.  As of 1956 he applied a total number of four times to the Academy of Arts in Dresden as well as the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in East Berlin, every time unsuccessful. 

In 1966 he accepted the pseudonym ‘A. R. Penck’.  As of 1973 he also signed his works with ‘Mike Hammer’, ‘T. M.’ or ‘Y.’.  Whilst his work was under various restrictions in the German Democratic Republic, he received the Wilhelm-Grohmann Award from the Academy of Arts in West Berlin in 1975.

In 1976 he made the acquaintance of the artist Jörg Immendorff with whom he collaborated for a few years to come.  In August of 1980, Penck moved to West Germany.  Three years later he moved to London and in 1988 he moved to Düsseldorf for a job as a professor at the Academy of Arts teaching painting classes.  After his retirement in 2003, he moved to Dublin where he lives and works today. (cru)

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