After graduating from high school, Rüdiger Schwenk completed an apprenticeship in stone sculpture (Steinbildhauerausbildung). His studio and workshop are located in Laichingen on the Swabian Alb. It is the place that is partially responsible for his artistic development. Here he spent the years after his apprenticeship to systematically learn about the history of art, always with the special view of the sculptor, who seeks not only motivic excitation, but also admired the variety of historical techniques. Schwenk began to acquire the old techniques for himself and continuously builds his craft repertoire.
He works with stone, wood and bronze, and for him it is important that many of his works reflect the "realistic transmission of the human form."