Raised in the American Midwest in what was once known as The German Triangle, Josef "Jupp" Soetebier's work explores what effect his Deutsch heritage, ancestral family, and the mythology of his peoples have had on memory and the way he perceives and goes about the world.
Jupp Soetebier calls his work an examination of "personal archaeology and the genesis of memory, while revealing some of my identity." His abstract sculpted surfaces expose a complex, multi-layered journey. The layers are composed of wood, fibers, and acrylic paint that are hand-sculpted across a visual plane, melding discovery into tactile and emotive experiences. From "Status Stratified" solo exhibition at Acumen Gallery, Napa, California 2019.
Mr. Soetebier received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Florida in 1988 and taught drawing at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. He was an original member of the South Florida Art Center and later worked as a decorative painter in New York City and Los Angeles. He currently resides in Northern California with his wife and two Leonberger dogs. He also maintains a working studio in Los Angeles.