Dietmar Brixy

Art out of a pumping station: In 2001, the painter and sculptor Dietmar Brixy bought a former sewage pumping station in Mannheim, Germany, which was built in 1903, and converted it into a flat, studio and exhibition hall. Brixy needs the space with the huge building halls because many of his paintings measure several metres.

His works impress due to their strong colours, which he sometimes applies impasto in thick layers, and other times, almost transparently, creating a relief-like structure. Brixy does not paint figuratively, he claims that, despite all their optical abstraction, his paintings always trace nature.

Dietmar Brixy, born in 1961 in Mannheim, studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and has been working very successfully as a freelance artist since 1991.