Gerd Winner Biography
Gerd Winner (born October 8, 1936 in Braunschweig, Germany) is a German painter and graphic artist. Winner studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin from 1956 to 1962, became a master trainer of Werner Volkert in 1961/62, and has lived as a freelance painter and graphic artist in Berlin, Braunschweig and London ever since. He is working since 1965 as a freelance painter and graphic artist in Berlin.
His works are exhibited in international museums and galleries. He took part in the documenta 7 Kassel organized by Manfred Schneckenburger in 1977. An example from this time is the painting end in acrylic on canvas from the year 1981.
Winner became acquainted with large-scale works in the public space in the technique of screen printing he had developed, in collaboration with Chris Prater (Kelpra Studio London). Notable are the extensive graphics cycles London Docks, Roadmarks, New York Times Square, the artistic exploration of urban culture and urban structures as well as the artistic design of the Dominican churches St. Albertus Magnus in Braunschweig and Heiligkreuz in Cologne. In 2000 Gerd Winner designed and built the "House of Silence" - a walkable sculpture - as a space on the site of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Visitors can collect and pause. In terms of design and execution, the space reflects the brutal and despising meaning of this place.
On 17 February 2008, an altar was created by him in the parish church of St. Mary's Ascension in Bad Gandersheim. The altar area had been redesigned since 2004 according to plans by the German architect Klaus Determann.