John Deckert was born in Munich Germany; Naturalized Citizen of the United States; Bachelor of Arts from Austin College; Lived in New York City more than 20 years.  He participated in group and one man exhibitions during this time including the Allen Stone Gallery and Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue.  He worked as preparator for the Allen Frumkin Gallery and wrote essays on the contemporary scene for ARTS Magazine.  As the paintings shed their mantle of abstract imagery, they became figurative and realistic.  After a year in Paris, John returned to New York.

In 2003 John arrived in the beautiful countryside of Northern California with its buoyant open studio environment.  Bay Area drawing studios provide a lively mix of working from clothed and nude models.  He continues with participation in group and one man shows to date.  John’s work is influenced by images coming from the West Coast tradition of direct observation painting and he continues to enjoy the outdoor environment in the Plein Air tradition.