German born sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger grew up on a farm on the German/Swiss border. He has been based in the UK since 1995.
Initially working as a Master Mason at the Gothic Cathedral of Schwabisch Gmuend in South Germany, he began his academic studies in 1991, studying sculpture at Bremen's Hochschule fuer Kuenste. He later gained a place at Edinburgh College of Art and in 1999 completed his studying with an MA from the Chelsea College of Art in London.
His UK commissions can be found in the public domain where he has produced site-specific pieces for private and public clients. He also has work through out Europe and recently completed a piece in Central America. He has shown his work extensively in Europe and overseas, recently exhibiting at SKULPTUR in Museum Rehmann, Swizerland, at the 2011 Sculpture at Glyndebourne 2011 and London’s Royal Academy 2011 Summer Show.
Taking influence from Architecture and the urban environ, Altenburgh’s preference is to work with heavy materials. Producing pieces in steel, stone and recently rubber he seeks to explore and encapsulate the physical balance of the built environment as well the sculptural volumes of these physical materials. Often using texture and colour to manipulate surfaces, he strives to add further layers of sculptural information to create a relationship and balance between form and the surface of his work. …Read More
1998/99 MA fine Art / Chelsea College of Art, London
1997/98 Graduation at Hochschule für Künste Diploma Fine Art
1995/96 Edinburgh College of Art/ Sculpture department
1991-95 Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Sculpturedepartement
1988-91 restoration work @ Cathedral of Schwäbisch Gmünd