Rainer Gross is a German sculptor (Berlin, 1953) living in Belgium. He is internationally known for his ephemeral site-specific installations in historic buildings or in nature. In the last ten years alone he created more than thirty large-scale projects across Europe. These monumental constructions made of simple wooden slats or planks are characterised by their curved or straight forms.
In his studio, the artist transforms the base material as well as the formal vocabulary of his installations into a variety of new sculptures, objects and paintings.
Another kind of transformation are his “dissociated” photos of installations, that is to say images which are not intended to serve as documentation, but which rather transmit the very essence or atmosphere of the projects. Balancing between the graphic and the painterly, this photography creates pictures of atmospheric calm or dynamic abstraction.
Rainer Gross has created major installations in the Benelux-countries, in Italy, Sweden and all over France. He is currently represented by the Galerie Faider (Belgium) and the Galerie Murmure (France). His work can be found in many private collections (BE, FR, DE, IT, LU) as well as in museums and public collections in Belgium, France, Italy and the USA, such as the Patrick Lannan Foundation, La Communauté française de Belgique, Musée d’Etterbeek, Commune de Woluwe, Ville de Waterloo, Arte Sella, Musée Sainte-Croix de Poitiers.