Even as a child, Markus was drawn to architecture and art during his family’s many travels. At home, his technical skills blossomed by his playing with Fischertechnik construction systems. All through school, he was extremely passionate about drawing and making pottery. After passing the Abitur (German A-levels) and completing civilian service, he studied product design at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and graduated in 2006. He gained practical experience in conceiving and developing both exhibition design and interior design at Prof. Axel Kufus’s design studio and at Studio Aisslinger. He honed his graphic skills with the corporate and information designers Moniteurs. Simultaneously, he evolved his drawings towards abstract art as a self-taught artist. Since 2009, he has worked as a freelance designer, graphic artist and illustrator in Berlin.
His creative work is characterised by a synthesis between ornament and function. Ornament allows for the discovering of the emotional, artistic and sensual (childhood); function reflects the practical, simple and rational (adulthood). Both poles are in constant competition, continually at odds and at the same time mutually dependent. Ornament requires function to raise it above the level of meaningless decoration, function in turn requires ornament as an intermediary between the object and humans. The connection between art and craft is the focus of his artistic work, under the maxim of introducing art into craft and vice versa.