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Friday, 18 March 2022 13:18
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Rainer Kohl from The Willows would have turned 80 on 21 March. His wife, Hedy, says that the Bronnie was Rainer’s favourite magazine, that he read each edition thoroughly and that he would have felt honoured to be remembered in this magazine.

“Rainer left us suddenly on 19 July 2021,” says Hedy “and we would like to celebrate his richly creative and positive life in the Bronnie”.

Born in Dresden, East Germany, Rainer joined his refugee family in Frankfurt at the age of 12. He attended the renowned ‘Werkkunstschule’ (Art Academy) in Offenbach near Frankfurt, where he studied graphic design as well as fine and applied arts.


Rainer Kohl: 21 March 1942 – 19 July 2021

Rainer was selected to be a member of the Grupo Ibiza and he met Picasso, which left an indelible mark on him. His early paintings and drawings were exhibited within the Federation of Fine Artists in Germany.

Rainer and Hedy, his then fiancée, travelled to South Africa in March 1965, where they got married and settled in Pretoria. They formed their own graphic design and advertising company, spanning more than five decades, and have two sons who followed their parents’ creative footsteps into the film and music industries.

Rainer’s first solo art exhibition was held in 1968 at the SA Arts Association in Pretoria. There followed numerous gallery and private exhibitions, resulting in local and global sales. One of Rainer’s paintings was presented to German chancellor Helmut Kohl during his visit to South Africa.


One of Rainer’s paintings in his ‘Altered States’ collection

Rainer painted vividly with an approach all his own, and a complimentary combination of abstract and semi-abstract images, forms and colours. Many of his motifs merge African wildlife, landscapes and cultural mysticism in surrealistic ‘biomorphing’, particularly evident in his ‘Altered States’ and ‘African Dreams’ collections.

He also contributed significantly to design innovations and will remain part of the design and art history of South Africa.

 
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