Bee was born in Baden, in German-speaking
Switzerland, in 1940. He studied anatomy, art, painting
and sculpture at the Kunstgewerbe Schule (he was awarded
a scholarship) with the professors Teo Eble and Walter
Bodmer, who were followers of Kandinsky and Klee at the
Bauhaus. At the same time he attended the University of
Basil, where he studied existentialist philosophy with
Karl Yaspers and history of medieval art with professor
Schmidt, the director of the Kunst Museum.
He studied anthroposophy at the Göthenaum
in Dornach. In the meantime, he traveled around Europe,
studying different subjects. He pursued his studies at
the Frei Universität of Berlin and at the Hoschschule
für Bildente Kunst, studying sculpture with Bernard
Heiliger. He was awarded a scholarship by the Staatliche
Kunst-gesellschaft. He worked as a scenographer at the
Staatliche Oper of Berlin. He frequented Berlins
intelligentsia, meeting personalities such as Klaus Kinski
and Herbert Von Karajan (whom he portrayed) as well as
others. In India he met an adviser of Mahatma Gandhis,
professor Wernen Zimmerman, who introduced him to depth
meditation and to naturist medicine. On his innumerable
trips he met personages such as Jean Paul Sartre, Simon
De Bouvoir, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Chagall, Giacometti,
Taisen Suzuki, Erich Fromm, Jean Tinguely and others.
During his trips to India, the Far and
the Middle East, he studied Hindu mysticism, Sufism, Taoism,
Hata Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, tantrism, Gñaña
and Sura Yoga as well as other methods. He chose Buddhism,
meeting Tibetan lamas, Theravada and Zen masters. In India
he met: Kirpal Sing, Muktananda, Krishnamurti, SaiBaba,
Rajneesh, Ananda Maj Ma, Karmapa, Bede Griffiths, Tat
Vala Baba, Eunomio Lassal, Raimondo Panikkar, Gönke
He decided upon a path of his own, practicing
and teaching his philosophy for over 25 years in various
parts of the world. He then turned to the mysticism of
the Byzantine tradition.
Since 1976 he has been living a secluded
lfe with his wife Kicka, an actress, musician and singer.
Master Bee has given up his involvement in the international
art market;in other words he has departed from the mere,
banal commercial circuit. He has thus managed to dedicate
himself totally to his creative energy, to art and to
spirituality, but without dispersing an artistic patrimony
which is unique in its genre. In fact he keeps on displaying
his work all over the world with carefully chosen exhibitions.
Considering Master Bees remarkable production of
works spread throughout various countries, as well as
those the author himself has kept, a specific foundation
is being planned, and a monograph, the curator being the
semiologist and art critic Carmelo Strano.
The deep exploration of the interior world
until the inner "being" is found is reflected
and expressed in all of Master Bees artistic life,
from his informal period to that of introspective figuration,
from his psychocosmograms and theological visions to his
teophanies. An example is the cosmic Christ who takes
the form of emanations from the infinite, waves, vibrations...
and then there is his neoiconography, which puts together
Hindu, Buddhist and Christian symbols to express the Sacred
which is to be found in every tradition.
We are essentially dealing with an interreligious
art which is consecrated to a mystical itinerary. Bees
art joins the East and the West with total freedom of
expression, without any conditions regarding coded structures.
Bees art expresses the quintessence of what is sacred
in all traditions, but with great, even fideist attention
to the figure of Christ.