Ulrich Reimkasten

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Ulrich Reimkasten was born in Lichtenstein, Saxony and currently works in Halle, Germany. Reimkasten, meanings rhyme box in English, produces lively, multifaceted work that combines his interests from painting, graphic arts to tapestry and architecture related art projects. For the former art professor for textile and painting at Burg Giebichenstein, Kunsthochschule Halle, painting does not constitute the only path to art.

Reimkasten’s representative oeuvre expands to the fields of precise drawing, graphics, tapestry, architectural works as well as the fields of animation and restoration. His views towards freedom in art, the world and oneself explain the confrontation occurring between these many genres and media. Furthermore, it remains important for the artist to give overall access to his works to exchange with society. As a result, Reimkasten emerges as one of the few, always ready and willing to talk about his passion, motives and inspirations and engages in the exchange with others. His various trips around the globe, notably in Mexico, North Korea, France and Spain, had a huge impact in the founding of his style. The one in Mexico and the Sierra Madre, especially impacted the artist view on himself and his artistic pursuits as well as a range of motifs. Central aspects of his work, therefore, a result of subjects of the myth, humans and animals, as well as energy, utopia, sound, death and sexuality. ”Begreift die Welt und fängt an zu stauen.” Ulrich Reimkasten.

As the winner of the 2016 ‘Hallesche Kunstpreis’, Ulrich was acknowledged for his versatile life work in which he always emphasises on two key points: the international and regional stringing. His past as professor is a direct indication for such intensive dedication. It seems, at last, that Reimkasten manages to combine the initial and primary meaning of art and modernity.

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