The expansive and scarcely inhabited upstate New York is the choice of many New York artists who wish to live closer to nature, yet stay in relative proximity to the city. Two years ago the painter Pia Dehne and her husband left their Bushwick, Brooklyn loft behind and moved to the the wilderness of the Catskill Mountains. Originally from Düsseldorf, Germany, where she attended the Academy of Arts as a Masters student under Markus Lüpertz, Pia moved to Berlin in the early nineties and then to New York in 1999.
In the first years in New York, she was actively involved with the city’s dynamic international art scene; an exhilarating but also very distracting engagement. Pia and her husband Mark Ohe are nature lovers at heart. Gradually, they started to spend more and more time upstate which finally resulted in the decision to make Catskills their primary residence. Pia is and has always has been a painter; it is her primary calling and defines everything she does. Unlike many artists, she has never had another profession on the side or shifted her focus elsewhere. Her gracious, sun flooded house on a green hill is the perfect place to allow her imagination to flow and concentrate on her practice. The finished products are intrinsically skillful paintings that investigate the spiritual and philosophical explorations of appearance and non-appearance. via freundevonfreunden.com