|It was one of those remarkable coincidences that got me interested in art. For initially I had chosen a career in the financial world and eventually went to London for my university studies. There I lived between Hoxton and Shoreditch, at that time a shady area mainly known as the home of East End criminals. The atmosphere changed abruptly when in 2000 the legendary White Cube Gallery opened literally around the corner of my home. All of a sudden the work of great artists like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin or Gilbert & George were shown next door and I found myself in a lively center of contemporary art.
How much this time in London had influenced and inspired me only showed in the following years. I began to engage myself in the history, meaning and purpose of art. But above all I wandered through galleries, museums and studios trying to find out what this actually is – art? I found the answer in artworks that revealed real passion, delivered convincing statements, or had a perceivable aura.
One day I felt that I wanted to create such great art myself. Had somebody told me back then what could evolve from this, I wouldn’t have believed it.