Born in 1952 in Cologne Germany, Detlef Gotzens showed from an early age 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 artists in Germany and abroad, executing their projects which only confirmed his desire to pursue art for the rest of his life. He also spends a lot of time travelling throughout Europe absorbing art and architecture from the various cultures, until in1985 he immigrated to Canada.
"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." - Detlef Gotzens