Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kurt Wenner produced his first commissioned mural at the age of sixteen. By seventeen he was earning a living as a graphic artist. He attended both the Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design. He was later employed by NASA as an illustrator to create conceptual paintings of future space projects and extraterrestrial landscapes. In 1982, he left NASA, sold all of his belongings, and moved to Italy to study classic Renaissance art.
In 1984, Wenner invented an art form all his own that has come to be known as anamorphic or illusionistic street painting. The form of perspective known as anamorphism was used by the great European Masters to give the illusion of soaring architecture and floating figures in ceiling frescoes. Wenner adjusted this geometry to create compositions that seemed to rise from and fall into the ground.
In anamorphic perspective, painted forms appear as three-dimensional when viewed from one point in space. Wenner created a special pictorial geometry that corrected the specific distortion caused by viewing his large images at an oblique angle.
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