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