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Ekkehard Altenburger


Size: 280 x 140 x 120 cm
Guatemala Serpentine and Acrylic paint
Museum of Modern Art Guatemala City

The sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger grew up on a farm at the Swiss / German border, and has been based in the UK since 1995.

Altenburger studied sculpture - first at Bremen's Hochschule fuer Kuenste and later at Edinburgh College of Art. He finished his studies in 1999 with an MA from Chelsea College of Art in London. Prior to his academic studies, he worked as master mason at the Gothic Cathedral of Schwabisch Gmuend in South Germany.

Architecture always has influenced his work, which was the main reason for moving to London, to develop a practice very much inspired by the city that constantly inspires, challenges and informs his work. Meeting and filming the then 94 year old architect Oscar Niemeyer in 2001 in his office at the Copacabana left a lasting influence.

His work explores the physical balance of the built environment, using architectural references as well as sculptural volumes of physical material. This balance is also represented in the relationship between form and surface of a sculpture. Altenburger often uses texture and colour to manipulate surfaces, adding a further layer of information to a sculptural form.

Altenburger works in heavy materials, mainly steel and stone. Many of his works are in the public domain, where he developed site specific works for both private and public clients.

Due to the scale of his works, Altenburger regularly works with quarries and Granite facories and has established strong ties within the industry.

Altenburger has shown his work extensively in Europe and overseas. Recent exhibitions include PUBLIC PROPOSALS Chelsea future space London and Carlos Woods Gallery in Guatemala City.

He has works both in the UK and throughout Europe but also more recently in central America.

He lives with his family in London and is member of A.P.T studios in Deptford, South London.


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© Ekkehard Altenburger 2016


Grosvenor Watersite
Approx 55 x 35 meters
Mirror pond with Thames stone, negative fall and weir section
Grosvenor Watersite Chelsea , London
2007 - 2010

Aesculap Arch

Height: 380 cm
5 Granites
Milton Keynes Hospital