Manfred Dörner was born in Wiesbaden, in 1945. His early works mostly consisted of steel sculptures, which he created using welding techniques. In his later years in Berlin, he developed the painting technique that has characterised his work to date.
Due to his tendency to work on a large scale, he experimented during the 1980s with small canvasses that he would bring together to create large-format images. To this day, he still uses this technique of compiling multiple image plates to create a single, larger rectangular painting.
At the heart of his conceptual work is his aim to create new artistic effects through such combinations: it is not the individual work in itself, as a fixed and static entity, that interests him, but rather the potential for transformations and possibilities that are inherent to pictorial structures.