Rainer Fetting ( born 1949 in Wilhelmshaven, DE ) studied at the Hochschule für Künste in Berlin from 1972 to 1978.
He became internationally known with his expressive-figurative paintings at the end of the 1970s as one of the most important protagonists of the so-called "Junge Wilden", a group of German painters in West Berlin who used painting to oppose the then prevailing abstract and conceptual tendencies in art. It was during this period that the artist created his first significant series of works: The shower and wall paintings. The encounter with the works of various artists of the New York School was particularly formative for Fetting's painting. Above all, he uses artistic principles such as Willem De Kooning's distinctive painterly gestures or Jackson Pollock's famous color drippings for his expressive handling of figurative motifs. Although Fetting's paintings do not purely focus on the effect of color, like Mark Rothko's famous color field paintings, they do often play with the conveyed emotionality of the chosen color in his compositions. In the 1980s and early 1990s his two residences in Berlin and New York determined the artist's motifs. Fetting gave up his New York residence in the mid-1990s and today commutes between the German capital and the island of Sylt. There he is above all inspired by the landscape, which he captures with his expressive brushstrokes and sense of color.
Rainer Fetting was exhibited in 1981 in the "New Spirit in Painting" exhibition organized by Norman Rosenthal and Christos M. Joachimides at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and took part in the Zeitgeist exhibition in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau in 1982. Today, Fetting's works can be found in many public and private museum collections such as the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and the Collection Würth in Künzelsau. Rainer Fetting is also known for his sculptural work. A majority of the German public is probably familiar with the bronze statue of Willy Brandt in the SPD headquarters, which the artist created as a commissioned work in the mid-1990s.