Wagenbreth was born in Eberswalde in 1962. From 1982 to 1987 he studied in East Berlin at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, where he graduated with a diploma. Since then, he has been working as a freelancer. Since 1994 he is a professor for illustration and graphic design in the visual communication course at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
In 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wagenbreth founded the Berlin artist group “PGH Glowing Future” together with Anke Feuchtenberger, Holger Fickelscherer and Detlef Beck. The children's book Mond und Morgenstern, which he illustrated, was named the “Most Beautiful Book in the World” by the Book Art Foundation in 2000. The stamp he designed was published on October 9, 2008: 100 Years Motorflug in Deutschland - Hans Grade. His motif suggestion emerged as the winner in the 2008 Kiel Week 2009 poster design competition.