Geert De Decker (Sztuka Fabryka)

Leben und Arbeit/biography

Geert De Decker (Sztuka Fabryka) was born February 21, 1969 in Temse, Belgium. He attended Saint-Lucas artschool in Gent. Sztuka Fabryka is active world-wide since 1986, first as organiser and curator of several international art events. While organising the events, Sztuka Fabryka was very active in the avant-garde Mail Art network with collage and rubberstamp art. These mediums, and concepts as “do it yourself” and “add to” which frequented his work during this period, still influences his current body of work. During this period he established his Sztuka Fabryka Archive with art pieces from more than 1500 artists world-wide.

In 2009 Sztuka Fabryka moved from Belgium to Asturias in Spain, now spending all his time on his own art and work. The Archive itself went in 2014 to the National Museum La Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, where it is preserved as it is.

In Asturias he soon developed a fascination for rural places and introduced traditional, regionalist, folkloristic and even religious themes and designs in his work. It started with the “Urban Shrines”, pieces which are inspired by the little chapels of devotion which once were to be found along the streets in the Flemish country side.

The specific situation in which Sztuka Fabryka has to work in, such as limited access to professional art material but also the “Do It Yourself” culture he grew up in and a great wish of independency, influences his techniques. As such, mainly recycled materials as cardboard and paper, and techniques as rubberstamp art, stencil graffiti, collage, … are used in his work.


Geert De Decker (Sztuka Fabryka) wurde 1969 in Temse, Belgien, geboren. Er besuchte die Saint-Lucas-Kunstschule in Gent und ist seit 1986 weltweit aktiv, zunächst als Organisator und Kurator von mehreren internationalen Kunstveranstaltungen. Während dieser Zeit war er im Mail Art -Netzwerk sehr aktiv. Konzepte wie “do it yourself” and “add to” beeinflussen auch seine aktuellen Werke. Das Sztuka Fabryka-Archiv umfasst Kunstwerke von mehr als 1500 internationalen Künstlern. Dieses Archiv kam im Jahr 2014 in das Nationalmuseum La Reina Sofia in Madrid, wo es so erhalten wird, wie es ist.

Im Jahr 2009 zog Sztuka Fabryka von Belgien nach Asturien in Spanien. Dort entdeckte er seine Faszination für den ländlichen Raum. Regionalismus, volkskundliche und auch religiöse Themen fanden Eingang in seine Arbeiten. Er begann mit “Urban -Schreinen”. Objekte, die von den kleinen Kapellen inspiriert wurden, die sich einst an den Straßen der flämischen Landschaft befunden haben. Die spezifische Situation, in der Sztuka Fabryka nun arbeitet, der begrenzte Zugang zu professionellem Künstler-Bedarf und andererseits die “Do It Yourself”-Kultur beeinflussen seine Technik. So benutzt er vor allem recyceltes Material wie Karton und Papier und die Schablonen-Graffiti- sowie die Collage-Technik.

Ausgewählte Arbeiten/selected works

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Literatur (Auswahl)/literature (selection)

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Author: Mail Artists' Index

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