Artist Peter Bucks
Peter Johannes Bucks was born in the city of Chicago in 1971 and grew up in the neighborhood of Albany Park located on the city’s North Side. Peter’s father, also an artist, and an immigrant of Germany was trained in the traditions of the German Impressionist Heinrich Deege. While growing up, Peter was taught the fundamentals of perspective and proportions.
In 1989 Peter Bucks submitted a still life in the medium of watercolor for the Fifth Congressional Art Contest and placed third overall. The painting was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter was awarded an American Flag which was flown over the Capitol in his name. In fall of 1990 Peter Bucks was accepted at Ray College of Design and studied to become a professional artist under the supervision and teachings of Fine Artist, Bruno Surdo.
While studying, Peter was also instructed by illustrators Thomas Gianni, Kurt Mitchell, and Fine Artist Don Pollack. In Spring of 1994 Peter graduated and began a professional freelance career illustrating for various companies and agencies in the Chicagoland area. In 1996 Peter achieved a full time position at Skyline Design where he learned the principles of building stain glass windows, sandblasting glass, faux finishing, and painting large scale murals. Many of Peter’s commercial works from Skyline Design are scattered throughout the United States and Europe.
Currently Peter has been working on private commissions, and on various illustrations on a freelance basis. Peter is also currently an associate member of the American Watercolor Society.