Rainer Maria Latzke is an internationally acclaimed mural artist. International media have titled him “Modern Michelangelo” and the Russian Artist Federation ranks him among the world’s best artists of the last four centuries. With his his innovative reproduction techniques he has has brought the production of mural art to the technical level of the 3rd millennium. Rainer Maria Latzke teaches as Professor of Mural Painting at universities in the USA and in China and is the Founding Director of the Institute of Frescography, a research and educational institution for mural art.
About Rainer Maria Latzke
Rainer Maria Latzke was born in December 28, 1950 in the German Rhineland, the fourth of nine children of an art professor and an artist. In his family, creative and artistic activities were as commonplace as reading and writing, and so Rainer developed his artistic talent from a very early age.
He studied Philosophy, Fine Art and Art Pedagogic at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and at the Dusseldorf Art Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, where he was schooled by Josef Beuys and Gerhard Richter.
From early beginning he was fascinated by the art of the Italian Renaissance. After finishing his studies with Masters in Fine Art, Philosophy and Art Pedagogic, and the title of a Master Student of the Academy he went to Italy and studied the painting techniques of the Renaissance Masters. He became particularly impressed by the way the old masters created complete art works of painting, sculpture and architecture and decided to devote himself to wall painting.
Throughout the following decades he produced numerous murals for private, commercial and local clients.
His works decorate royal Arabian palaces, cruise ships, and the restaurants of world-famous chefs. In 1985, he created the first electronic mural for the rock group „The Scorpions“ and in 2000, fitted the world’s largest sailing ship „The Royal Clipper“ with the first ever mural to be produced with the Frescography technique, an innovation which had recently received a patent.
In 1986 he acquired the Chateau Thal in the Belgian Ardennes and made it to his main living and working space. In the vast studios he taught apprentices who assisted him on his numerous projects around the world.
In 2005 he created a fresco for the Lanner-Lehar hall of the Vienna City Hall and became the only artist of our time to have painted in this world-famous, historic building.
In 2007 Latzke was appointed Professor of Mural Art at the American Utah State University. There, he founded the Institute of Frescography (IOF). In 2010 he was rewarded a Honorary Professorship of the Shanghai Institut of Visual Art of Fudan University.
Beside painting Rainer Maria Latzke has a passion for restoring historic buildings, collecting rare cars and playing Rock music. He is married with his wife Doris, which whom he has three children and four grandchildren.
Rainer Maria Latzke is ranked by the Russian Artist Federation amongst the world’s best artists of the last four centuries; the Forbes’ magazine nominated him as one of the most influential painter of the 90`decade. By virtue of his achievements, founded on the classical mural painting of the renaissance, and his innovative developments in the field of wall painting techniques, he was named by international media as the „Michelangelo of Modern Times“.
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