- Alfred Gockel’s first artwork was published at the young age of eight years old! From early on, Gockel was always fascinated with colors on paper. This interest led him to create art at an early age.
- Alfred Gockel is an academically trained artist. After graduating from high school, Gockel enrolled at the Polytechnic Academy in Munster, Germany in 1973. Here he studied art, typography and design. After graduation he went on to lecture the subjects he majored in as well as worked as a freelance artist.
- By the early 1980’s Gockel had been successful enough to become a full-time artist. This was just the beginning of Gockel’s prolific career- just a few years later Gockel and his wife Ingrid started their own publishing company called Avant Art.
- In 1988 Gockel purchased a mill and converted it to a studio for graphic printing. These graphic productions lead Gockel to becoming one of the most prolific distributors of modern art posters in the world. Until 2006 Gockel created almost 100 million open editions of his work that were distributed all over the world.
- Alfred Gockel was the official artist for the 2006 Olympics. Gockel was commissioned by the United States Olympic committee to design the official American version of the Olympic Games Affiche. During these games that were held in Atlanta, Gockel continued to gain his exposure in the United States.
To this day Alfred Gockel continues to be a prolific artist and is always creating. During a recent visit to Baterbys Art Gallery, Gockel explained that his sketch book goes everywhere with him and there isn’t a day that goes by where he doesn’t draw or paint something.