* 5 January 1931 in Stargard/Pomerania; † 28 September 1993 in Berlin
German painter and graphic artist
Robert Rehfeldt ranks among the GDR’s most significant artists, and he is an internationally renowned artist of mail-art. After 1945, he works in Berlin as assistant of a stonemason, and transport worker. In 1948, he enrols in the college of fine arts in West Berlin. Here, he studies until 1953 under Alexander Camaro, Wolfgang Hoffmann, and Ernst Fritsch. After his studies, he works as a graphic artist, press draughtsman and photo journalist, and from 1963 on, in the Eastern part of Berlin, as a freelance artist. From 1966 on, Rehfeldt creates a remarkable graphic œuvre of lithographs, etchings and woodcuts, as well as silk-screen prints and block prints. He also carries out numerous construction-related orders and occupies himself with photography, super-8mm films, as well as visual poetry. In the 1970s, he begins to contribute to the international mail-art scene: in 1975, on the occasion of one of his own exhibitions in Warsaw, he asks artists from all over the world to design a postcard. He uses those cards for organizing the first mail-art exhibition in the GDR. Rehfeldt also inspires the legendary mail-art exhibition in the gallery Arcade in East Berlin. The artist establishes a wide-ranging network between Eastern and Western Europe, the USA and Latin America. His studio becomes the centre of information about art developments in the West. In 1991, at a retrospective exhibition in Berlin’s Ephraim-Palais, he also presents his mail-art project of 1975 together with works of his own. In the following years, he takes part in major presentations, among others in the exhibitions of the Berlinische Nationalgalerie ‘The XXth Century’ (1999) and ‘Art in the GDR’ (2003/2004) as well as in the show ‘Gegenstimmen. Art in the GDR 1976-1989’ in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius Bau (2016). In 2010, the Weserburg in Bremen dedicates a solo exhibition of his work.