Rainer Maria Latzke Invents the Digital Printing Technique of Frescography
Frescography (from Latin fresco - painting onto "fresh" plaster + Greek graphein - to write) is a method for producing murals digitally on paper, canvas, glass or tiles, invented 1998 by German muralist Rainer Maria Latzke.
Frescography uses CAM and digital printing methods to create murals.
The Frescography is based on a similar technique as the woodblock printing method of the French Papier Peints wallpapers, used by manufacturers like Zuber et cie or Joseph Dufour et Cie who began developing the procedure during the end of the 18th century. These wallpaper manufacturers used thousands of engraved woodblocks for the creation of the panorama sceneries, to create wall paper such as the 20 panel Sauvages de la Mer du Pacifique which Jean-Gabriel Charvet designed for Joseph Dufour et Cie or the “du Vue de l'Amérique Nord” designed in 1834 by Zuber et cie for the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, where it is still today.
Rainer Maria Latzke was born in Germany in 1950. He was raised near Cologne along with 8 siblings by his father Alfons, a reputable teacher and artist and his mother Lisa who was also an artist as well as being politically engaged. Latzke persued his natural talent in painting by studying fine art at the Academy of Arts in Duesseldorf under the supervision of Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter. Upon completion of his masters in fine art and philosophy he travelled through Italy to acquire in-depth knowlege of the history of Trompe l'Oeil and it's techniques. Rainer Maria Latzke currently resides in Monaco and Germany working in the private interior design industry, as well as monitoring his company FrescoMaster which is marketed in Europe and America.
In 2008 Latzke was appointed adjunct professor at the Utah State University to establish a new course in illusionary wall painting, also introducing developments in digital procedures such as his patented Dreamworlds Design Studio Software.