3245 16th Street (at Guerrero Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Born in Switzerland in 1953, Claus Groeger came to the Creativity Explored studio in 1999. Though he doesn’t speak, Groeger’s body language and art communicate a great deal.
Groeger most often works with found objects, his nimble fingers deftly arranging the disparate elements of a box of chaos into orderly compositions. Buttons, bottlecaps, beads, stones, nails, and any other similarly small objects are combined in arrangements that remove their original meaning and allow them to be integral parts of a cohesive unit.
This tactile process serves not only an avenue to engage with common objects in uncommon ways, but it is also a valuable therapeutic outlet for Groeger. He is constantly engrossed in his work and would probably not stop for lunch if he were not prompted. This devoted attention pays off in the precious, jewel-box quality of his finished work.
Recently, Groeger has settled into making abstract paintings and drawings. As an experienced studio artist, Groeger is always finding new ways to challenge himself as a maker. His curiosity is embodied through his current series of gestural paintings. Often, his lines flow off the paper functioning as an extension of his thirst for knowledge.