Arnulf Rainer (Born 1929 in Baden, Austria) is an Austrian painter and is internationally renowned for his abstract informal art. He has gone through distinct periods of physically intense creations. In Rainer’s early stage, he was fascinated by the Surrealists and the physicality and spontaneity of Art Informel. Later, he moved towards abstraction and more experimental practices. In the mid 1950s Rainer started to explore the technique of Automatism. However, Arnulf Rainer received international attention with his ‘overpaintings’ from the 1980s, where he incoporated his feet and fingers as an application technique.
His works are shown in the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. As the culmination of the appraisal of his work, the Arnulf Rainer Museum opened in New York City in 1993. His works have also continuously been shown at the European Cultural Centre's palazzos in Venice during the Biennale since 2011.