Born in 1952, Schwerte, West Germany. Lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
Rosemarie Trockel is a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, in Nordrhein-Westfalen and an artist.
In 1983, the artist had her first solo shows at the Monika Spruth Galerie, Cologne, and the Galerie Philomene Magers, Bonn. In the mid 1980s Trockel began to make large-scale paintings produced on industrial knitting machines. These regularly featured geometric motifs or logos such as the Playboy Bunny or a hammer and sickle, and the trademark: "made in West Germany". In 1994 she created the Frankfurter Engel monument for the city of Frankfurt. In 2011 she won the Wolf Prize for painting. Since the late 1990's Trockel has worked extensively with clay and has also continued to produce both hand and machine knitted "paintings". Several of these paintings were exhibited in her major mid-career retrospective, Post-Menopause at Ludwig Museum, Kessel in 2005. In 2012, The New Museum, New York, presented a major exhibition of Trockel's work, curated by Lynn Cooke, titled Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos.