my early childhood just when I decided to become an artist
at the age of 10 and my father bought me palette and brushes - I
was deeply struck by three artists: Francisco Goya, Vincent van
Gogh and Honoré Daumier. These preferences never changed
in my life. A reproduction of "Family on Barricades" by Daumier
was over my bed, Goyas "Shot at May, the 3rd" was the main
picture I admired and a book of van Goghs letters was always
in my bag. My only desire was to be the same type of artist. I thought
more about the role and the position of the artist towards society
than about a concrete style.
I was told that this style is called "Expressionism", I became acquainted
with German Expressionists and the artists of New Objectivity. I
was impressed by George Grosz for instance. But this knowledge of
German Expressionism came later when I was already about
25 30 years old, when my own style already got a certain
form. It was interesting to find common things and similarities
but the roots remain in my childhood: it is my early love
for Goya, van Gogh and Daumier.
be exposed by Galerie Nierendorf means a lot for me. It means particularly
to join a certain family of artists, a certain tradition which
in my eyes never was interrupted. I am honoured to be included
in such a family.
I am very convinced that art has to fulfil a definite role in society:
art has to oppose injustice and to protect human values. Colours,
palette, brushes, canvas these are weapons with which an
artist faces the world. If such a way is called "Expressionism"
then I am an Expressionist. Each day I am trying to use my
September 2005 Maxim