Reinhard Skoracki was born in Germany in 1942 and immigrated to Canada in the early 1990’s. He studied at the Alberta College of Art And Design and received his BFA from the University of Calgary in 1997.
Reinhard Skoracki exhibits nationally and internationally including the 2015 ‘NordArt’ (Germany), the largest exhibition of contemporary art in Europe, the Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale, the museum of Fine Arts in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the WG Kunst in Amsterdam, the Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
His work has been published in ‘New Art International’ (Book Art Press, NY, 1998), ‘Artful Jesters’ ( Nicholas Roukes, 2003), ‘The Sculpture Reference Illustrated’ (Arthur Williams, 2005), among many other publications.
Reinhard has completed numerous large scale commissions in the recent years, including an outdoor donor recognition piece for the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta, a 17 foot tall outdoor sculpture of the University of Calgary, Alberta, and two multi-media installations for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation in Edmonton, Alberta.
“De Docta Ignorantia” is also the title of the philosopher Nikolaus von Kues’ main work which translates to “The Taught Lesson of Ignorance”, which is a paradox in itself. Relating to my sculptures where many questions are asked but not answered with the underlying provocative thesis that true knowledge abides in the consciousness of ignorance. As Socrates already said:
“I know that I don’t know”. And Karl Popper added: “And not even that!”.
Art can offer great visual pleasure, combining qualities from reality and imagination, criticism and humour. The artist decides to reform reality from his personal point of view, portraying dreams and conflicts of today’s life and culture; an investigation into the human condition as an individual and in larger social structures”.