Angelika Rinnhofer


Angelika Rinnhofer Biography

Born 1962

German artist Angelika Rinnhofer, born in Nuremberg, Germany, grew up surrounded by the visual opulence of Catholic churches in Bavaria.  She spent church services in fearful awe, absorbing the images of tortured saints and martyrs that lined the walls.  It was an unforgettable experience that she now draws upon as an artist.  Trained as a photographer in Germany, Rinnhofer started posing people in bygone costumes, in postures, lighting, and composition inspired by the Old Masters.  Not tied to the visual language of just one painter or one period in time, the photographs nevertheless are heavily inspired especially by Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio, by Mannerism and the Renaissance. 

Rinnhofer is currently a photography instructor, commercial photographer and artist.  She is the recipient of a Kodak European Gold Award and received a fellowship in photography from the Dutchess County Arts Council.  She participated in Light Work's Artist-in-Residence program in 2005.  She currently resides in Beacon, NY.