Rinaldo Hopf | Stonewall Riots 1
watercolor, acrylic, ink on vintage newsprint of the advocate magazine,
200 x 420 cm, 2019

Rinaldo Hopf has created a series of paintings dedicated to the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York in 1969. Though raised in West Germany, Rinaldo had his coming out in the mid ’70s in San Francisco and has always had a strong bond with the gay movement in America.

Too young at the time of the riots, he has now g athered as much information as he could, and utilized the few photos of the events that are available. He also researched fashion and police uniforms of the period. Friends and family modeled for the large paintings, portraying the mix of people present at the New York uprising.

The paintings are done with watercolor, acrylics and ink on vintage newsprint of The Advocate magazine from the late ’60s to the early ’70s, mounted on board. All figures are life size. The horizontal painting measures 6.5 x 13.7 feet and the vertical group of paintings are 6.5 x 4.6 feet, each single sheet is 40 x 27.5 inches.

Rinaldo Hopf is a painter, editor and curator based in Berlin. He has close ties with Schwules Museum in Berlin, as well as with the Tom of Finland Foundation in L.A.

His artistic oeuvre includes Golden Queers, 150 iconic portraits of queer writers, artists, film-makers, actors, dancers, composers and rock stars.