*1951 Berlin – lives in Berlin
Looking at paintings of Berlin artist Reinhard Pods, one must think of the Neue Wilde artist group and the euphoric breakthrough in painting of the early 1980s. In fact, Pods is a part of a generation of Berlin artists that includes Bernd Koberling, Luciano Castelli, Rainer Fetting, Helmut Middendorf, Salomé, Bernd Zimmer, Elvira Bach, and others. Nevertheless, he has intentionally kept himself somewhat on the sidelines, displaying a less polemical approach to the debate on the seemingly unreconcilable contrast between abstraction and objectivism. From 1971 to 1977, Pods studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, and his mentor was Karl Horst Hödicke. Afterwards, he spent one year in New York on a working scholarship thanks to DAAD. In 1979, together with Frank Dornseif, ter Hell, Elke Lixfeld, Rainer Mang, and Gerd Rohling, he established an artist group and self-help gallery known as 1/61, named after the postal code of the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. Unlike the neo-expressionist Galerie am Moritzplatz, the group was more conceptually oriented. The work of artists concentrated around the 1/61 gallery differed in terms of its formal aspects – nevertheless, all of them came to life against the common background of the metropolis of Berlin and the political and cultural events of the 1970s. The group’s members presented their works at the vast, newly renovated floor of a factory scheduled for demolition. The exhibition cycle started in July 1979 with a group show, followed by several weeks of individual exhibitions, ending with another group presentation of works during Kunsttage Berlin in 1980. In this period, Pods received the Villa Romana Prize along with a scholarship for working artists in Florence. In 1988, thanks to the Villa Massimo award he returned to Italy to continue his artistic work there. Apart from scholarships, Pods received awards from the Stiftung Kunstfonds in Bonn (1986), the Will-Grohmann-Preis (1994), and the Fred-Thieler-Preis from the Berlinische Galerie (1996). He lives in the Berlin district of Wannsee.