Trockel was born the middle of three daughters of a mechanical engineer and his wife and grew up in a rural area in Leverkusen -Opladen. Trockel began to draw early intense, although she attended with her family neither Exhibitions nor museums.
In 1971 she began a teaching degree at the Pedagogical University in Cologne with the subjects anthropology, sociology, theology and mathematics. From 1974 to 1978 Trockel studied at the Cologne factory schools ( Department of Art and Design at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne) under Werner Schriefers painting. She estimated the experimental atmosphere and collegiality in the school and turned their first Super-8 films, including a film entitled Do not be a child of sadness. In 1980, she became friends with the Stadtplanererin Monika Sprueth with which they undertook journeys to the United States. She learned the artists Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman know whose work encouraged them in their own artistic concept: they made " womanhood " on the subject of their art and formulated a fundamental critique of the existing art world. Monika Sprueth was their gallery.
Your versatile artistic work includes paintings and drawings, sculptures, sculptures and objects and video works and installations. Her works are set either on an iconography nor to any particular theory of art. Since her first solo exhibition in 1982 in Cologne and Bonn their works found in the late 1980s, especially in the U.S., a lot of attention. In 1988, she presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1991 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
In Europe, her work became known through numerous exhibitions: In 1988, she participated in the exhibition Made in Cologne. In 1997 she made during the documenta X in Kassel with their house for pigs and people furore that she built with her artist friend Carsten Höller. In 1999 she took part ( the first woman ) in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and 2007 Skulptur.Projekte Münster. A work of her can be seen in Cologne Sculpture Park.
Since 1998, Rosemarie Trockel is a professor at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf. In 2012 she was appointed as a member of the North Rhine- Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Since October 2012 Trockel is a founding member of the Academy of Arts of the World in Cologne.
For the season 2008/2009 at the Vienna State Opera she created as part of the museum designed in progress exhibition series " Iron Curtain " a huge big screen (176 m²). In Art Compass, "a world ranking of living artists ," puts together the magazine Manager Magazin ( before 2008 in Capital) annually, is Rosemarie Trockel 2013 third place.
- Marcus Steinweg: Duras, Merve, Berlin, 2008, ISBN 978-3-88396-230-6.