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At the age of fourteen, Hans already knew that a pursuit in an artistic career was a serious consideration for him. He became an apprentice in the decorative arts in his former East Germany; and at the eve of the building of the Berlin Wall he left East Germany for the West. He immigrated to the USA in 1962. In the US, at the University of Hartford Art School in Connecticut, he studied for his Masters of Fine Arts degree and graduated in 1970. He was immediately hired to teach painting and drawing at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. During the 70’s, while teaching at Wesleyan University, his work was collected by several museums on the east coast. In 1978 Hans was hired to teach the graduate program at Wichita State University in Kansas. He stayed in Kansas for four years. He moved in 1982 to Portland, Oregon and began painting full time and displaying his work in galleries across the west. “I have always placed an emphasis on being a painter with a different look; hence my emphasis on materials and tools which are different. The medium is the carrier of meaning in itself; to me, the how is more important than the what. I start a canvas with only a broad notion of the outcome. The process of painting leads me to a finish that I find resolved. I intentionally eliminate detailing, for this will take care of itself through incidentals by the process of painting. There are always several canvases to be worked upon. My painting is more a correction process through repeated over-painting where the so-called “mistake” is never completely eliminated, but exposed as part of the under-painting. The materials I use, which are acrylic based, allow me to work in this process. When I intuitively feel the painting is resolved, I stop. Whenever I feel I have too much control over the painting process, I find it loses its spontaneity and freshness, hence, the incidentals become a strong factor in the making of the painting.”