|1960||born in Jena, Germany|
|1976-79||Vocational education to become a sanitary engineer|
|1979-90||Professional experience as a sanitary engineer|
|Seit 1990||Away on the job|
|1999||Started to experiment with digital graphic techniques|
|2005||First digital photo montages|
|2007||Exhibiting my pictures on the fotocommunity|
|2010||First integration of my drawings into digital graphic editing|
|2013||My works are introduced in the magazine „COLOR FOTO“|
|2014||Publication of the calendar „Fantastical for Your Eyes“|
|2015||Participation in the international competition oft he „Agora Gallery“ with a honorary mention Publication of the calendar “optical Illusions”|
|2016||Participation in the group exhibition „Borders & Bridges“ at the Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art with the Pashmin Art Gallery Publication of the calendar “optical Illusions”|
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August 3, 2018
In my work I always attempt to implement new pictorial ideas and to avoid repetitions as much as possible. I deem it an art to seduce the eye ans at the same time challenge the mind. I continue the surreal art of optical illusions of Dali, Magritte and Escher in my own style.
My idea generation
Sometimes they just come to me. But I do examine a lot of pictures in various media as magazines, books, on the internet or in advertisements and let myself be inspired by them. From time to time there is one picture that I perceive entirely different. For example “The Curtain”. In the original picture the curtain is tied with a cord. The surreal pencil drawing is an illusion of the original.
Another source of inspiration is my sketchbook, which I always keep within reach. I start with lines that start to develop into a shape. This way, the optical illusions, which I have particularly taken into my heart, come to live. Example: “The Surreal Hourglass”.
I record an idea in a draft. All required elements, pencil, paper, sculptural are placed on a tabletop and photographed. With the help of this photograph a can craft the anamorphous drawings and integrate them into the scene. Afterwards, the final photographs can be taken and edited digitally to put on the final touches (for example the shadows can be corrected, the edges of the paper can be edited, the supports of sculptures can be removed). I consider the drawings I integrate into my pictures as "active drawings" in my art. These “active drawings” are an integral part of each picture and together they form a unity. The unity of drawing and picture guarantees the uniqueness of the piece of art.
I feel a deep sense of gratification after having completed a piece or sketched an idea just because I saw something different than everybody else and was able to visualize it. It is an affirmation of my own creative self.
I want to stimulate the relaxed contemplation and playful inspiration of the observer. But also encourage mindfulness of the supposed "small" things, like pen and paper.
As children we see mystical figures in clouds. With growing up, such lightheartedness carried by sunshine is displaced by the brain with rationality.
With my pictures, I let that lighthearted sunshine back into the everyday life and show, that there is a way even if it seems blocked out.