Frank Wackerbarth

Wackerbarth describes in his works three key elements – the piece, the observer, and the light. Each work has an individual surface motif which is highly responsive to light. Works make the most of all light available in their surroundings, attracting light, concentrating it and reflecting it back to the viewer.

Born in Germany at the 28th of October 1969, nearby Kassel where the Dokumenta takes place, Frank Wackerbarth moves with his family to Switzerland by the age of seven and grows up close to Zurich, in St.Gallen. After finishing his high-school degree he went to Düsseldorf in 1991 to work with the famous photographer Horst Wackerbarth, who was working with historical persons like Michael Gorbarciov and Jehudi Menuhin in his “red couch” – projects.
From 1992 to 1994 he is doing his Master in carpentry and moves to Zürich after two years, to apply his refined knowledge in working techniques with different materials. There he becomes the assistant of the Swiss sculpture and artist Kurt Laurenz Metzler and works for Willi Wimpfheimer. It is the first time that Wackerbarth experiences working with aluminum which will later become his preferred material to work with.

Together with his masters he is creating numental sculptures in aluminum and iron, one of them now standing at a headquarter in Florence belonging to the biggest electricity concern in Italy, Enel.

Continuing his works and studies in Italy the artist has the possibility to gain further artistic knowledge by working with the materials marble and bronze.

After a journey to London for a study visit of three months and a short trip to France in 1997, he decides to buy a house in South West France and moves to Toulouse. It is then, in his studio in France where he develops his unique technique while working with aluminum.

From there he starts exploring the region south of the Pyrenees and regularly visits Barcelona to study the works of Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí. Frank Wackerbarth presented his work in numerous exhibitions in New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Germany and is part of private colections in Japan, Australia and the USA.