Jürgen Claus lives and works in Aachen (Germany) and Baelen (Belgium). He studied theater, art history and philosophy at LMU University in Munich, Germany. Claus was a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a professor of media art at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne, Germany. His work includes paintings, films, light, solar installations, and underwater art. He is also a prolific writer on art, whose theoretical works have sold over 100,000 copies.
"Jürgen Claus is the first to look at the ocean not from the point of view of a scientist, but from that of an artist," writes Michel Ragon. In his book, Claus combines professional experience as an inventor of fascinating underwater artworks and films, as editor-in-chief of a diving magazine, with a wide-ranging field of novel marine architectures, marine art and sound worlds in the oceans. The ocean architect Jacques Rougerie characterized him as follows: "You were one of the very first to believe in arts under the sea and above all to develop them. Today, this is becoming a reality. You are a true visionary for me."