De Es (Dieter) Schwertberger was born in Gresten, Lower Austria in 1942. After graduating from Engineering School, he studied painting with Professor Ernst Fuchs of the Vienna Academy and leading figure in the influential Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. De Es is a key figure in the Fantastic Art movement and his career as an artist is remarkable both for the quality of his works and their variety in styles and periods. Many of his works are contained in his retrospective volume, Heavy Light. De Es has worked and lived in Vienna and New York. He currently resides in Austria where he paints in his huge atelier– a converted 19th-century sewing factory.
De Es lived and painted in New York from the mid-seventies through the mid-eighties. This was the time in which most of his popular Stone Period works were done. These works ranged from drawings and lithographs to impressively large paintings on board. During this period, De Es was the key artist for the popular, mass-market publication, Omni Magazine and his art graced its covers and filled its many television and theatrical advertising campaigns. Never content to remain consistent in form, this ever-changing creator has evolved through several different styles and continues his quest for personal satisfaction and fulfillment through the arts.
De Es’ painting style is now quite impressionistic, tending far more toward the abstract than ever before. His travels to India and the area of the Himalayas have contributed to his evolution in painting technique and his quest to seek the ever more fundamental nature of the human spirit and how we see the universe around us. De Es has completed a vast hundred painting assembly called the Dome of Peace, featuring many of his best works, all in huge two-meter square formats. This massive installation of paintings is eventually to be exhibited in a giant circle or series of concentric circles.