WOLFGANG RATZEK FOUND IN ART A WAY OF EXPRESSING HIMSELF WHICH STILLS HIS YEARNING FOR CREATIVITY AND QUENCHES HIS TALENT AS WELL AS HIS INFINITE INSPIRATION. HIS WORK INCLUDES THEMES WHICH PLAY A KEY ROLE IN HIS LIFE AND ART SUCH AS CREATIVITY, SUSTAINABILITY, AND ENVIONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS.
Step by step Ratzek approached different styles and materials.
The beginning of Ratzek’s decision for art dates back to the middle of the nineties of the last century. Thanks to an accidental meeting, a Lady artist of his native region introduced him to the world of colours and forms and he started with the first pencil drawings of ice crystals and with views of the banks of Lake Constance. The artists Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Willem Kooning and Ferdinand Léger left their mark on his self-improvement and their imaginative and magical powers of attraction reinforced his decision to become an artist. Initially he experimented with coloured pencils, oil chalk and acryllic colours.
Most different structures and fascinating extraordinary effects were achieved by applying dough scraper, sponge and spatula. Gradually the artist gave preference to the oil colours which began to dominate in his works. Oil and canvas – for him – mean the perfect symbiosis, just a perfect marriage. The measure of the stretcher frames is 100×120 centimetres on average. Another essential part of his art concept are besides his oil paintings sculptures, gouaches, water colour paintings and drawings on high gloss photo paper. The paint application is mostly pastose, the brushwork variable depending on the motive, the light and the mood of the Artist.
Characteristic of Ratzek is his unerring feeling for colourful glowing symphonies of bright and glaring colours which create positive emotions, good mood and well-being in the people. The unchallenged favourite colour is yellow not only because it is a royal colour according to King Bhumibol of Thailand but because Ratzek is convinced that no other shade of colour possesses a comparable vibrating brilliance and brightness. In connection with this special gift for colour compositions Ratzek’s further talent for modern geometrical form compositions influenced by cubisme must be emphasized as well. It is not for nothing that Ratzek’s credo is: Farbismus, a German portmanteauword composed of the word Farbe (colour) and the word Kubismus (cubisme, period of art 1907-1915).
The artist’s creative work is an unceasing permanent active process without submitting to rules that means you cannot put him into an art drawer with a special tag. His artistic way of presentation is precise – disintegrated, dominant – reserved, extrovert – introvert. The protection of his own identity is not only important for him but has utmost priority. Occasionally, however, autobiographical elements can be found in his works by means of which he wants to achieve an intended closeness to people.
The artist, Wolfgang Ratzek, a sensitive, lovable, interested, searching und always positively curious man, gathers his strength and his inspirations from every day life, from prevailing dominant trends, from classical music – he is an enthusiastic violinist – , from water sports and from the beauty and tradition of his home country. Socio-critical questions and the environmental pollution are an essential part of his life and his art. Being a passionate yachtsman und angler he has become a contemporary witness of the brutal und radical destruction of the ecological equilibrium. This progressive extinction of Fauna and flora is illustrated in an unvarnished way and he holds the mirror of destruction up to the people.
On the beaches of Lake Constance he gathers for his works all the rubbish fatal for nature and creatures. The collages and sculptures made of this deadly litter neither satisfy the aesthetic expectations nor do they offer a sensuous relaxation like the brilliant colour harmonies. They show the dualistic character in Ratzek’s creative work who does not only want to enjoy people but who wants to wake them up and oblige them to start rethinking according to the motto: “art is a silent revolution”.