Biography
1939

Born on 21th June in Düsseldorf

1959

Brief studies, Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie (Academy of Arts Düsseldorf)

1960-68

In Vallauris, Paris and Vareddes

1968

Move to Berlin

1971

First large exhibition in Rathaus Tempelhof, Berlin; co-founder of the group “Aspekt”

1974-76

Chairman of the Freie Berliner Kunstausstellung (Free Art Exhibition Berlin)

1976

Call to the Hochschule für Kunst und Musik (Academy of Arts and Music) in Bremen

1977

Painting “Gröpelingen”, Bremen Gröpelingen

1982

Starts to work with ceramics in the studio of O. Roy in Vallauris; acquisition of the protected monument “Villa Lesmona”

1983

Painting “Den Gegnern und Opfern des Faschismus” (“To the Opponents and Victims of Fascism”), Bremen Findorf

1984

Rides 1.400 metres deep in a coal shaft in Oberhausen, since then the color black dominates his work

1988/1990

Honored guest of the Villa Massimo in Rome

1989

Discovery of the “Black Sun” between the two Twin Towers, New York; named as director of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen (Academy of Arts Bremen)

1993-98

Chairman of the Conference of the Presidents and Rectors of the German Art Colleges; represents the Arts and Music Colleges in the senate of the College Rectors Conference

1994/1994

Reappointment as director

2002

Founder of the International Academy of Arts in Vallauris

2003

Works in the porcelain manufacture plant “Rosenthal” in Selb

2005

Teaching position at the Villa Lesmona in Bremen

 

lives in Vallauris and Bremen