Michael Vester (*1957)
Michael Vester was born in Saarbrücken and raised in a village nearby. He now lives and works in Lörrach, in the Southwest part of Germany.
As a child, influenced by his grandparents, Michael found great pleasure in painting, drawing and also playing music.
In high school he was fascinated by the medium of photography. In the darkroom, installed in his grandma´s laundry room, he developed his first black and white photographs. Later on, this recreational activity should blossom into a passionate hobby, as his interest in artistic interpretations and depictions grew.
It was only in his late 40´s that he earnestly began to occupy himself with fine arts and restarted his creative activities. He explored different painting media, took painting lessons and revisited photography, which had turned from an analogue into a digital medium by then. Digital photography became his favourite means of artistic expression, because it offers a huge variety of possibilities to utilize modern technology in exploring the artistic space beyond the natural boundaries of classical techniques like painting and fine arts. To broaden his autodidactic knowledge he became student in photography at the Swiss Design School in Basel.
Being likewise fascinated by nature, people, colours and structures, Michaels artworks evolve, often influenced by artists, whose works can be seen in the nearby city of Basel´s many art museums, art fairs and exhibitions. Among his artworks you can likewise find black & white photographs of landscapes, fine art results and prints from image processing of abstract structures and floating colours in a manner of action painting. He strives to improve his craft with every new subject he works on.
“To make people view my paintings and photographs through my eyes has always been my intention.”