* 10 March 1939 in Berlin; † 8 May 2011 in Berlin
German sculptor and painter
With impressive intensity, creativity, and fondness for experiences, Dieter Finke creates an extensive œuvre that, apart from wood and bronze sculptures, comprises objects, paintings, drawings and photo montages. In his works he deals with movement, transparency, light and space. His animal sculptures, often of an archaic appearance, and endowed with drama and expressiveness, are particularly well-known. The merely traced shapes of animals leave a wide margin to the viewer’s imagination.
During his apprenticeship as a decorator, Finke creates first animal sculptures from wire. From 1959 to 1965, he studies sculpture at the college of visual arts in Berlin, first under Paul Dierkes, later under Renée Sintenis, as their last master student. In 1965 he stays as a scholarship holder at the Villa Serpentare in Olevano near Rome. Two years later, he is awarded the Georg-Kolbe prize for young sculptors. His first contract for art and construction is the work at the Federal Insurance Agency for Employees in Berlin. In 1975, he increasingly devotes himself to painting, creating large-scale drawings in oil chalk and Japan ink on canvas. The first solo exhibition of the artist is in Berlin in 1976. In that same year, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam invites him to stay and work as a guest. In the following years Finke lives and works in Berlin and New York, in a stimulating alternation. His art is shown i.a. in Berlin, New York and Mexico City. In solo and group exhibitions. Works by Dieter Finke are to be found in numerous private collections