Gerhard Wienckowski was born in 1935 in Fürstenwalde (Brandenburg). From 1954 to 1957 he studied at the School of Applied Art in Potsdam. This was followed by studies of painting and graphic art at the Academy of Art in Dresden under Hans-Theo Richter and Gerhard Kettner until 1966. He has received awards including the Heinrich von Kleist Art Prize of the City of Frankfurt an der Oder in 1984 and the scholarship at the Lukas Artists’ House in Ahrenshoop in 1994. Wienckowski died in 2011 in Eberswalde (Brandenburg).