I got my name “Picchio” - pronounced “PIKKIO” - in Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland, when I moved in 1987 to this wonderful region from Germany. Picchio is the Italian translation of my German name Specht, which means woodpecker.
In high school I was the best in arts. The teacher often invited me after school to prepare the arts-material for the lessons of the other classes for the next day. In the age of 17 I already won the first price at a regional art exhibition.
As a child, my mother taught me, how to draw perspective and in later years, when I founded the company “Interroll” together with my friend, I could use my arts education in all areas of the business. Although my basic was business administration I was able to read complex technical drawings and draw them in 3D – which at that time without 3D-CAT, only a few engineers were able to do. During my career as industrialist I developed 28 patents, which were important for the success of the company.
Then I went public at the Swiss Stock Exchange with “Interroll”, a very successful company, which had grown from a 2 man start-up in a garage to a world leader in core products for internal logistics with 1200 (today 1500) employees in 20 (today 28) subsidiaries in many countries around the world.
I stepped out as CEO of the international group in the year 2000 and became an artist. I had a vision, a painting style, which I called “Segment-Art”, easily recognizable. All my artworks are made with this unique style and it became my “brand”, my “handwriting”.
Also my technique in acrylics, which I use with a pallet knife, is quite outstanding and results in a brilliant play of colors.
I am able to transform everything into an abstract but esthetic composition. Whether landscape, villages, flowers or just a pure abstract painting and even my latest version of “Light-art” creations...
I also created various types of painted sculptures as colons (beams) and segmented elements, they are really eye-catching. Do you like them?
Picchio [Dieter Specht]