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Rolf Hamacher
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Rolf Hamacher was born in Opladen, Federal Republic of Germany. He has been teaching Art, Art History and Science of Education at the Grafschafter Gymnasium in Moers, a little town at the edge of the former industrial zone, which is known as the Ruhrgebiet, for the last 25 years.
He bought a house together with his American friend Prof. Dr. Eric Johnson on the peninsula of Harpswell, ME in 1994 and lives there occasionally.
From 1999 to 2000 he spent a sabbatical on the Hawaiian Island of Maui and worked with art students, teachers and artists.
From 1969 to 1975 he successfully completed a full course of study at the Art Academy Düsseldorf, where he was originally supervised by Prof. Joseph Beuys and at the end by Prof. Andre Thomkins. He received the degree of Meisteschüler (master student) which is the highest achievement in the visual arts and is equivalent to a Master of Fine Arts degree in the U.S. system.






“Everyone is an artist, everyone can be creative.“ ~ Joseph Beuys

My teaching has always tried to emphasize the important role of art in the development of the individual and the society. Creativity is the gift, which enables humans to solve the problems of living together peacefully in harmony with nature and makes our dreams become real. In this direction I have continually attempted to go beyond the instruction of basic artistic skills, to strive toward developing more socially creative processes, in which the participants could extend their perceptions, consciousness, and techniques in various and comprehensive forms of communication. These goals were especially realized in different performances, exhibits, and murals, which I worked on together with my students. Each of my "artworks" has been developed in cooperation with my students, a method which has helped to enhance their originality and encouraged them to be participants in the creative process. The projects have been shaped and directed by their suggestions, realized together with them, and in the end have become artworks which represent the product of a social and democratic creative process.

 

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298 Allen Point Road, Harpswell, ME 04079, USA
Phone: 207-833-2884
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