Three D Art

 

KURT WENNER

With an international following, Wenner is best known as the founding father of 3D pavement art and has inspired other artists to take up the same technique. He was commissioned to produce his first art work, a mural, at the age of 16. Soon after he was earning a living as a graphic artist. He attended both Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design in the United States, before working for NASA, where he was an advanced scientific illustrator, creating conceptual paintings of future space projects and extraterrestrial landscapes.

In 1982 he left NASA, sold all of his belongings and moved to Italy to study figurative drawing and art. Wenner lived a stone’s throw from the Pantheon in the heart of Rome, where he studied the drawings, paintings, and sculptures of the old masters in Rome’s best known museums.

Over the years his work became known throughout the country and in 1991 he was commissioned to create a piece to honour the visit of Pope John Paul II to the city of Mantua.

In 1986 Wenner first introduced 3D pavement art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Shortly after that he founded the first street painting festival in the United States at the Old Page Five

Mission in Santa Barbara, California. The Old Mission festival, also known as I Madonnari, continues to this day as do many other festivals and events Wenner started across the country.

One often overlooked fact of Wenner’s career is that he dedicated one month every year, for 10 years, to teach more than 100 000 students from elementary through university level how to work with chalks and pastels. For his dedication, he was awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion for his outstanding contribution to arts education.

Wenner enjoys a career in fine art painting, sculpture, decorative stucco relief, ceramic murals, architectural designing and numerous images for publicity and advertising, his latest creation being his book Asphalt Renaissance, which documents the history of pavement art and his role in transforming it from a dying tradition to a dynamic multi-dimensional art form.

Wenner and his art works have appeared in some impressive documentaries, including the 1987 award-winning National Geographic documentary “Masterpieces in Chalk”. He also created a print advertisement for Absolut Vodka as part of the brand’s prestigious artist ad series. The ad is known as Absolut Wenner and the creation of the image was produced as a television commercial.

Then, in 2010 Greenpeace called for a ban of genetically modified crops and presented the European Union members in Brussels with 1 million signatures along with a 22 m by 22 m 3D Wenner image. The giant composition set a world record for the largest image of its kind drawn by a single person.

Wenner lives in the United States. His works have been seen in 30 countries, and he creates works for clients all over the world.