Reinhold Engberding is a German artist. He studied landscape architecture and fine arts in Kassel, Kiel and The Hague, lives and works in Hamburg since 1982. He´s multiply awarded and, funded with national and international grants, has been working in Thailand, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands and repeatedly in the US, partially connected with a lectureship. He had several solo and duo shows and took part in group shows in Germany and abroad. In 1996 Engberding invented a second character, the writer Holger B. Nidden-Grien. Both frequently cooperate and exhibit.
Reinhold Engberding mainly is a sculptor, object maker and is busy in installation works - on the one hand he crochets black cotton, handling it under strong rules. Finally figures arise, which let our world seem to show more signs of habitation, if only with creatures, which are just seemingly familiar. With all attractions they discomfit the spectator. On the other hand he works with second hand clothes. He does that by making the traces of usage visible. The intimate inner surfaces are either visible or they contact each other in combining two similar garments. Again this is an aspect of embarrassment, but the resulting images are strong and touching at the same time. Originally painting or drawing is not his business. But for quite some time now he’s concerned with images of young men, whom he questions whether they could possibly be his sons. Is that my son? is the title of all the series so far. His sources are porn websites (the anonymous young men mostly in moments of ecstasy), websites with reports about the revolutions in the middle east and north Africa (the also anonymous young men mostly in moments of forlornness) and lately semi official US American websites with mug shots.
His work involves the topics identity and intimacy, privacy, longing and desire. "Reinhold Engberding is not a traditional sculptor but he makes coherent spatial artworks with a meaning that transcends the mere situation." (Arie Hartog in Clothing maketh Art, Bremen 2011)