Born in Neusatz in 1925, he was a Russian prisoner during the Second World War. His love for drawing and painting also accompanied him during his captivity in Soviet camps.
In Munich he attended the Academy of Fine Arts and later became an art teacher, dedicating his whole life to painting and spending time in Tuscany where he died in 2017.
Stengel’s artistic career is divided between works on paper and large canvases painted in acrylic. His generally abstract works present a single guiding thread: large shiny surfaces of colour that stand out on the canvas, on which the typical Stengelian figure develops, the same shape that imposes itself on an imaginary theatrical scenario. Other works of the musical series still have traces of musical scores and were influenced by the composers that the artist listened to while working in his studio.
In order to preserve and diffuse the artist’s work, Palazzo Rosselli del Turco in Florence hosts a permanent collection.