Peter Flinsch was born in Leipzig in 1920 to a family in the banking and paper-industry business. They were art-lovers and owned a fine collection of Old Dutch masters and Italian Renaissance. His grandfather Ulrich Thieme founded the renowned Thieme-Becker Dictionary of Artists.
During the 30's he was educated at private boarding schools with a humanist and liberal tradition. He was introduced to art and theatre and traveled extensively in Italy, Austria and France.
When he was 35, already armed with a strong and impressive background in design, he settled in Montreal where he joined the newly formed television services of Radio-Canada as a designer and art director. Over the following thirty years he worked on a great diversity of television programs and created designs for children's shows, operas, dramas, weekly series and variety shows. In 1981 the work he did on L'Espion Aux Yeux Verts by Bernard Clavel earned him the coveted Anik Award for best Television Design. During the course of his career, he also worked on theatrical productions in Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio.
In addition to his professional activities, Flinsch embarked on a huge volume of work consisting of drawings, paintings and sculptures. After a period of close-to-abstract art his work became more and more figurative and was chiefly dedicated to the depiction of the male body. Following his departure from Radio-Canada in 1985 this creative thrust was given full expression. Over the course of the years he has had exhibitions in many countries and his works can be found in private collections in Europe and North America. His drawings have been published in many magazines including the German satiric review SIMPLIZISSIMUS.
Extracted from the Biography by Jean-François Larose