The sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger grew up on a farm at the Swiss / German border , and is based in the UK since 1995.
He 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 APT studios in Deptford, South London.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1998 - MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London
1991 - MA Fine Art Sculpture, Hochschule fuer Kuenste Bremen, Bremen, Germany
2010 - Dialogue, Newhall ZigZag Building, Harlow
2005 - Kino, Sculpture space, Sculpturespace Utica NY / USA
2011 - Royal Academy Summer show 2011, Royal Academy London, London
2010 - Jerwood drawing Price 2009 , 5 Venues throughout the UK, London, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Cambridge, Bideford, Cheltenham
2010 - sculpture, Carlos Woods Arte, Guatemala City / Guatemala
2010 - Sculpture at Glyndebourne, Glyndebourne Opera, Lewis / Glyndebourne
2009 - Sculpture at Woburn Abbey , Woburn Abbey, Woburn UK
2010 - Grosvenor Waterspace, Grosvenor Watersite, London Chelsea
2007 - Dopplereffect, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
2010 - Sophrosyne_I, Harlow Arts trust, Newhall
2010 - Sophrosyne_II, Museum of Contemporary Art Guatemala City, Guatemala
2008 - Morningthoughts, Archbishops Palace, Maidstone, UK
2007 - Give & take, Entlebuch / Lucerne, Swizerland
2001 - Visiting and filming architect Oscar Niemeyer, Pianohouse Copa Cabanha, Rio, Brazil