Born in 1952 in Cologne Germany, D. showed from an early age on that he was inclined towards an artistic career in Life.At the age of fifteen he became an apprentice in the stained glass studio of Jacob Melchior in Cologne where he completed his three year apprenticeship. During that time he was exposed to some of the best known Artist in Germany and abroad, executing their projects which only confirmed his desire to pursue art for the rest of his Life.
After receiving his Journeyman certificate and working in the field for five years D. continued to complete his education with Master’s degree from the guild of Cologne and at the same time studied glass technology and design for two full years at the famous Glass College in Rheinbach close to the former German Capital Bonn. He graduated with a Masters degree in 1977.
During all this time D. never stopped to paint and draw besides designing glass, after his graduation he participated in various group exhibitions’ as well as solo shows between Cologne and Duesseldorf. He also spends a lot of time traveling throughout Europe absorbing art and architecture from the various cultures, until in1985 he immigrated to Canada.
He and his wife settled in Montreal and immediately started to work for a local studio, but after 5 month opened their own atelier. One of his first commissions was to restore a window at the St. Josephs Oratorio that was partially destroyed after a fire. In the following Years D. by then started to sign his original art work’s as “Dego” and continuing to produce Paintings and Sculptures as well and at the same time worked on many high profile restoration and conservation projects from Montreal to Ottawa for example Christ Church Cathedral, St. James the Apostle, St. Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal and the Peace tower windows at the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Basilica and St. Anthony’s Church, all located in Ottawa. Also there were numerous private and commercial art glass commissions that contributed to his reputation as a versatile and innovative artist. Many articles in various Papers and other publications have been written over the years and continue to date.
In 2004 he won an art competition to design 5 large windows for the Cultural Center in Huntingdon Quebec and these windows where published in the American Glass Art Magazine in 2007, and one of them with the Title "Imagine" was also exposed on John Lennon's and Yoko Ono' web site "Imagine Peace".
His expertise and technical skill was called upon again in 2007 when he created a glass façade in New York City (Central Park) for one of the best known Architectural firms/designer Ali Tayar that was also published in the New York Times.
Since 2009 “Dego” is working full time only on his own Art; making Paintings and Sculptures. “Dego’s” work can also be seen at Saatchionline and in November 2009 one of his Paintings came in second place in an International Art competition (Saatchi showdown) and this work is since displayed at the famous Saatchi gallery in London England.
Making Art or why, is one of the most difficult things to explain or talk about in my opinion, it is certainly for me an impulse or drive that is not always very clear, it is just there and very powerful at the same time!
Since a very early age I was always drawn to Images, pictures, forms, lines and color, and instinctively felt very comfortable looking at art especially paintings with a sense of wonder and curiosity.
I’m constantly in the process to find a visual Language that seem to be always changing from one work to the next and every piece is leading me to another place, where I’m wondering again what is behind the next painting or sculpture I’m making? It feels like a never ending winding road!
I also pursue more than one direction in my Paintings because it interest’s me how I react to for example using Landscape as a point of departure and I try to use always the same Landscape view from photographs I take outside my studio during different times of the Year as well as Daytime. But I’m equally interested in Abstraction and the challenges that lay within it as well as Faces of People that are important to me for example Musicians.
There is however a very big difference of the state of mind that I’m working in, between my Glass sculptures and painting for example. The emotional condition is not the same because the pieces I make with glass and other materials need to be besides the Initial design concept or idea, because Glass is a highly technical medium the work need to be very carefully planned and calculated to be accomplished, while during the process doing a painting and it doesn’t matter in what medium, the emotional feedback is immediate or instantly.
I believe in my paintings as well as sculptures there are elements of free expression and then again of controlled form and order, which is certainly a manifestation of my Personality showing through or reflecting in my work.