The Comic-Cubist



My childhood in the 60s, like that of so many others of my generation, was characterized by comic figures, ‘pop art’, chewing gum and Coca-Cola. But while other children struggled with English, Latin or physics at school, I used every minute of my time at school to draw, namely…

Inspired by comic artists such as Disney, Uderzo or Charles M. Schulz, I mostly drew my own characters.

During my studies at the Merzakademie, I also drew characters such as Tick, Trick and Track or Donald Duck for movie commercials. That was quite lucrative weekend work. This work with well-known ‘comic’ characters remained the exception. Some mystical figures and scenes were also created at this time.

I then painted my first ‘comic-cubist’ pictures at the beginning of the 90s. The figure no longer played the main role in them, but rather the interplay of the different perspectives, the colored surfaces, the lines and structures.

Later, some of these became so abstract that finally no whole figures were recognizable any more, but only the lines and shapes were reminiscent of ‘comics’. From then on I began to add realistic elements to my ‘comic’ figures. In the meantime, realistic-looking elements are mixed with comic-like forms. New aesthetic elements and surreal scenes emerge.