Synthetic resin on paper, 125 x 156 cm
Helmut Middendorf (*1953 in Dinklage, Germany) is a very successful German artist and studied from 1973 to 1979 at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Karl Horst Hödicke, who is also shown at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen. He is one of the most famous representatives of the Neue Wilde. Middendorf in particular was characterized by a great joy in experimentation, which included the study of various current artistic possibilities. His direct surroundings and his own world of experience inspire him to create his paintings. This also includes series of pictures which he realised in various colour combinations - life-affirming, with bright colours and striking lighting. In later works, he reduced the color, began to experiment again - also with new themes - and painted the series of "Black Pictures" at the end of the 1980s, probably as a result of a longer artistic stay in New York (scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service).
It would be far too brief to see Middendorf "only" as a painter: Already as a student, he was fascinated not only by painting, but also by the medium of film, to which he devoted himself just as intensively. In 1979 Middendorf took up a teaching position for experimental film at the Berlin University of the Arts.