Rudolf Belling initially made a commercial apprenticeship before he went to an art school. The auto-didact was employed in 1911 at the Art School in Charlottenburg / Berlin, despite no formal training at the time. His art style was at first Cubist-Expressionist in sculpture, but he was then influenced by futuristic and constructivist ideas. In his work "Dreiklang" (Triad) from 1919 he tried to unite the three styles of painting, sculpture and architecture.
He was later influenced by the Bauhaus Movement. In 1926 he created the radiator mascot for the car company "Horch" which was never produced as the company was renamed "Audi". In 1933 he was defamed by the Germans as a "degenerate" and in 1944, his studio with a large part of his works was destroyed in an air raid. In 1935 he immigrated to New York, and in 1937 he went to Turkey to work at the Art Academy, accepting a post as a lecturer at Istanbul University in 1951. He returned to Germany in 1955. Belling also was known for his work as an architect.