Tobias Rehberger, the german painter, designer, filmmaker, and architect
Tobias Rehberger was born in 1966 in Esslingen, Germany. As one of the most prominent artists of his generation, Rehberger has attracted widespread international acclaim. Rehberger works across not only media but industries: his practice casts him as a sculptor, painter, designer, filmmaker, and, at times, even an architect, creating objects and installations that reflect an interest in our relationship to mass culture. Thinking spatially, Rehberger creates total environments that intervene in our perception of objects and their function. Whether he’s designing seating, lighting, and wallpaper, creating a replica of his local neighborhood bar—as he did for Frieze New York in 2013—Rehberger makes spaces for people to live and interact in. No matter the media, Rehberger works with geometry, composing his physical worlds from brightly colored ambiguous forms. Among Germany’s leading contemporary artists, Tobias Rehberger presents visually confounding objects and environments that question the ways art is defined. Playing with perception, literally and conceptually, the Golden Lion winner works across media, creating installations, sculptures, paintings, and sound and video art.