Rainer Fetting was born in Wilhelmshaven (Lower Saxony) in 1949. He studied paint­ing at the University of the Fine Arts, West Berlin, under Hans Jaenisch from 1972 to 1978. In 1977 he co-founded the Galerie am Moritzplatz. In 1978 a DAAD scholarship took him to New York. Fetting received international attention in 1981 in the show A New Spirit in Painting at the Royal Academy, London, and a year later in the Berlin exhibition Zeitgeist. In 2005 he was awarded the Henri Nannen Prize. His first retro­spective was shown at the Berlinische Galerie in 2011. In 2020, the Museum Schloss Gottorf presented his extensive work. Fetting lives and works in Berlin and Wester­land (Sylt).