Rainer Kurka (born 1974) began to learn carving sandstone at the age of 15 from the sculptor Reinhard Klesse in Bamberg.


In 1994 he matriculated in architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt. There he studied modelling and figurative drawing at the professors Floriano Bodini and Ariel Auslender. He fashioned figures in terracotta, plaster, sandstone, marble and bronze.


Between 1997 and 1998 he studied at the Universitá degli Studi di Firenze in Florence/Italy.


Working as assistant professor from 2003 until 2008 at the department of plastic design at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Rainer Kurka researched the application of concrete for artistic design.


Presently Rainer Kurka lives and works in Berlin.



Art fairs

2016  Art Luxembourg (Luxemburg) with Down to Art

          Cocoon (Belgium) with Down to Art

          Affordable Art Fair Hamburg (Germany) with Galerie Gering

          Art Fair Köln (Germany) with Steinberger Galerien

          Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering

2015  Art Fair Köln (Germany) with Steinberger Galerien

          Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering

2014  Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering

2013  Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering

2012  Art Bodensee, Dornbirn (Austria) with Galerie Sculptur

          Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering and Galerie Sophien Edition

2011  Cutlog, Paris (France)  with Galerie Sculptur

          Realisme Amsterdam (Netherlands) with Galerie Gering

          Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering   

2010  Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering

2009  Art Karlsruhe (Germany) with Galerie Gering



Solo exhibitions

2016  "SkulpturenSCHAU!", Stadt Weikersheim (Germany)

2015  "Summer in the city", DAT Galerie, Berlin (Germany)

2014  "Realismus goes Pop", Skulpturenforum Isernhagen, Isernhagen (Germany)

          "Auf Augenhöhe", Galerie Koenitz, Leipzig (Germany)

2013  "One-Artist-Show" at Art Karlsruhe with Galerie Gering, Karlsruhe (Germany)

2012  "Rainer Kurka", International Club in the Ministery of Foreign Affairs,

          Berlin (Germany)

          "Rainer Kurka - Terrakotta und Bronze", Galerie Gering, Frankfurt (Germany)

2011  "Rainer Kurka und Silvia Lerin", Galerie Sophien-Edition, Berlin (Germany)

          with Silvia Lerin

2009  "Gegenwarten" Rosenheim-Museum, Offenbach (Germany)

2008  "Plastiken", Galerie Sculptur, Bamberg (Germany)

2007  "Stille Räume", Galerie Sculptur, Bamberg (Germany)

2004  "Tra Cielo e Terra", Florence (Italy)



Group exhibitions (selection)

2016  "Torso - the unfinished as an artistic form", Trebnitz Castle (Germany)

2015  "Frühjahrssalon 2015", Galerie ICON, Berlin (Germany)

2015  "Keramik Europas", Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen (Germany)

2012 "MyPlace", Kunstverein Münsterland in Coesfeld (Germany)

2010  "65 Jahre Pfälzische Sezession", Kulturhof Flachsgasse in Speyer (Germany)

2010  "Menschenbild 2010", exhibition of the Darmstädter Sezession, Darmstadt (Germany)

2010  "Überbrücken", Schloss Wertingen (Germany)

2009  "Ausstellung zum Kunstpreis der Nürnberger Nachrichten", Nürnberg (Germany)

2005  "beziehungsweisen", Elisabethenstift, Darmstadt (Germany)

2005  "Plein Air 2005", Academy of Arts in Szeged (Hungary)

2001  "Interregno II", Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany)

2000  "Bilder aus Thailand", Embassy of Thailand, Berlin (Germany)

1999  "Interregno", Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany)




2013  "Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale", Icheon (South Korea)



Competitions and Prizes

2016  "PHOENIX-Prize 2016": Nomination

2011  Competition: "Art for the Landesgartenschau Bamberg 2012", acquisition of a life sized bronze figure for the Bamberg Garden Festival in 2012

2010  Competition: "Atrium of the Clementine Hospital in Frankfurt", 1st prize with Ariel Auslender and Oliver Hantke

2008  Competition: "New Entrance for the Alice Hospital in Darmstadt", 1st  prize and realization with Ariel Auslender

2006  Competition: "Memorial sculpture for the Community Center Möhrfelden", 2nd prize