Piet Berghs
born in Meers (Elsloo, Limburg) in 1948
Education:  Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design

Ruud Lammerink:

His work is an impressive attempt to find a balance between our existence and the awareness of being but a footnote in the great order of things.
"I just have to get them out" Michelangelo once said about his sculptures. It's no surprise that Berghs is an admirer of his work. "I couldn't keep my eyes of it" he said upon a visit to the Academia in Florence. He wasn't referring to the generally-praised David. Berghs' admiration was directed towards the series of socalled slaves. Unfinished sculptures. Once intended for a papal monument, but by some whim of fate halfway stuck in the stone. Stone blossoms, that's what these slaves in their youthful attractiveness might be understood to be. Berghs was especially fascinated by their unfinished and therefore modern character. The contrast between the rough block and the polished skin. The inconceivable age of the one, and the vulnarable transience of the other are still fascinatingly attractive. Unintentionally, Michelangelo has inspired many an artist. Rodin was deeply impressed and Berghs too couldn't escape the fascination of this ambiguity. Dualism determined modernism from beginning to end. Of course, in this beautiful contrast between rough stone and vulnerable human skin there is also something universal, something beyond the literal meaning of these sculptures. It takes little effort to recognize our two-line way of thinking. We think in pairs. Our world view is determined by the concept of contrast and there is always a slight shiver when they are presented side by side. Some even say that there the essence of art lies. Certainly Piet Berghs more and more sets his hand to this aspect of our existence. As from The Light catcher, it seems as if anything superfluous is eliminated. Or as if any reference to a reality outside of the sculpture is shunned more and more. The artist dares to show the things more as they are. A sign of maturity, you would say. But also a rejuvenation, for Berghs approaches the essence closer and closer.  

Ridsert Hoekstra, Conservator Stedelijk Museum Roermond:

With his approach of stone Piet Berghs has an unique position in the Dutch and European sculpture. 
He is a man with a love for stone.  "I soften stone" he says chisseling. It seems as if he wants to put life into it.