Artist

Glass artist Wilfred Grootens was born in Uedem, a small town in the German countryside near the Dutch border. At the age of 15, he began training as a glass and porcelain painter with Hein Derix in the nearby town of Kevelaer, where he apprenticed for four years. The Derix Company specializes in the restoration .....

Glass artist Wilfred Grootens was born in Uedem, a small town in the German countryside near the Dutch border. At the age of 15, he began training as a glass and porcelain painter with Hein Derix in the nearby town of Kevelaer, where he apprenticed for four years. The Derix Company specializes in the restoration of antique painted stained glass windows, the creation of large-scale painted glass architectural installations and mosaic projects.

In 1973, Grootens left Derix Company to begin an eight year adventurous journey of discovery. During this time span, he received a Technical Diploma in design, worked as a freelance artist for several studios, traveled throughout Asia and South America and focused on a self-taught pursuit of music.

In 1981, Grootens moved to Munich and over the next seven years he participated in recording music with the German bands Embryo and Dissidenten, groups known for their avant-garde approach to a style of music coined the “world beat movement.”  He had the wonderful opportunity to record music projects at the Karnataka College of Percussion in Bangalor, India.

It was during this period of the 1980s that he also revisited his glass work and began the first experiments that would lead to his career as an artist working in glass. In 1988, he received a Master Craftsman’s Diploma in Munich and in 1989 he moved to Kleve and opened his own studio.

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Glass Art Fair!

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The artists in this exhibition are sharing their work from around the world.