The CCIC Tower at the campus of the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, where the Chinese branch of the IOF is located
The Institute of Frescography is a non-for-profit (NFP) research and educational organization, officially recognized under Title 16, Chapter 6a, of the Utah Code Annotated. It was founded at the Utah State University and has a subsidiary at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art of Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
The IOF specializes in research into mural art, development of new mural production and reproduction methods, Fresco and mural restoration as well as the collection of the world´s mural art heritage.
To achieve its mission, the IOF collaborates with international art institutions and offers license-free online access to one of the world´s biggest archives of mural and ornamental wall arts.
The founding director of the IOF, Prof. Rainer Maria Latzke
The IOF emerged following the development of new mural production techniques by the German wall painter and Professor for Mural Painting Rainer Maria Latzke at the beginning of the 1990´s. His invention of the Frescography was a breakthrough in the long-unchanged mural production methods and revitalized classic mural art, making it a part of the current and future living environment. In order to build a library of images of the world´s heritage of wall art he started to collect images of fresco of Fresco and mural painting as well as ornamental design from all over the world.
In 2004 Rainer Maria Latzke founded the Institute of Frescography in Germany and continued his work in the U.S when he was appointed Professor for Mural painting at the Utah State University. Following his appointment as Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art of Fudan University and Director of the Master Studio for Mural Painting and Decorative Wall Art of the Beijing DeTao Masters Academy in 2010, the IOF opened a branch in Shanghai,China.