The path to music and painting
I grew up with music. One of my brothers became a pianist. I thus heard his daily, hours-long practicing. I even took piano lessons myself, but was considered lacking in talent. Nevertheless, I loved music, especially classical music. It often gave me comfort and made life more bearable in difficult times. My mother was a graphic artist. She gave me first training in painting and sketching. It was clear to me very early on that this would become a focal point in my life.
Later I studied Industrial Design, artistic printing and, after an apprenticeship in woodcarving, sculpting at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. Understanding space was an important experience for my painting, and remains so to this day. Thanks to Hermann Nitsch in Salzburg, I freed myself from conventional, representational and figurative work. Sprinkling paint, painting on large-scale canvases with the body, and gestural painting triggered by spontaneous impulses constituted a clear contrast. I enjoyed expressing myself directly, lightly and immediately, where sculpture posed limits to me.
I was attracted to the non-corporeal lightness of music, and so I devoted myself to painting it for more than 25 years. The fusion of painting and music has become the center of my creativity. I call it continuum.