JACOB VON STERNBERG
Born in Germany in the 1970s and raised within a conservative family with a heritage in the pharmaceutical industry, Jacob von Sternberg left home early and chose the hard lessons of life over the convenience of a luxurious lifestyle. Besides studying art history, color theory and so much more, Jacob moved to Vienna in order to study color psychology. His studies led to further projects and intensive research on particular color frequencies found in plant extracts. He fell in love with nature's botanical creations. This brought Jacob to the study of physics with a focus on biophotons. He embraced even the hardest of times, full acceptance of which transformed his experiences, and this strong resulting energetic vortex into positivity and compassion, and ultimately into art and design. In his interior design career Jacob's and his team soon won countless prestigious hotel & spa awards for his unique design approach. His artworks have been sold to institutional customers and private collectors; clients that Jacob met during his interior design career. Another milestone was his collaboration with Tony Ward in 2014. Tony wished to highlight Jacob's work with a portrait and three-day long photo production. The photo series was later published worldwide. For Jacob, art is a continuous search for new directions and for new ways of expressing the lessons he has learned in life. This distillation manifests in his work through various unconventional methods. Jacob likes to have his art be invisible avant-garde. With his work he doesn't reflect the mere emotions of an artist. He wants the art to be a part of the viewer, not just as a part of himself.
HAUTE GRANDEUR AWARDS 2017
Best private island Spa & hotel
SENSES AWARD 2014 LONDON
Best holistic Spa concept
SENSES AWARD 2013 BERLIN
Best Spa cosmetics design
ASIA SPA AWARDS 2012
GALA SPA AWARD 2011 BADEN BADEN
Best Spa concept - Conrad Maldives
GERMAN WELLNESS LEAGUE LEADER AWARD 2007 Best cruise design
GERMAN WELLNESS LEAGUE LEADER AWARD 2007
Best restaurant design - cruise ship
LUFTHANSA 2004 FIRST CLASS TERMINAL FRANKFURT
Best service design concept - selfness and wellness for first class travellers
GERMAN WELLNESS LEAGUE LEADER AWARD 2003
Best eco resort Spa design - Al Maha Eco Resort
GERMAN WELLNESS LEAGUE LEADER AWARD 2002
Best holistic Spa design in UAE
Royal Caribbean International;
Rocco Forte Hotels;
Jumeirah Group Hotels;
Starwood Hotels and Resorts;
Regent Hotels & Resorts;
Aena Airport Management;
Aldar Properties & Development;
SCTH -Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage.
How would you define your relationship with art?
Art saved my life. Saved my life in countless ways. I don't want to say I am shy, but in a way I am. I learned to stand in front of people, learned to speak, but my language is art. The definition of most complex situations, the description of unbearable emotions, the expression of lifting moments filled with happiness, the miracles of life - all that I could hardly put into words but put into a painting. And then there is this knowledge I carry with me, what I learned as a young boy, what I was taught by life, sacred maybe secret knowledge, I would not dare to speak about or I feel it is to holy to even put into words. I love to encrypt much of this in my paintings. Secret not because there would be a ban, but maybe I just respect the life of a person so much that I would never teach a lesson or speak out without being asked. You know, crossing the fence. I mean crossing the very private fence of another person in telling something that could potentially change a life. Knowledge is irreversible. I could never interfere this way. All I can do is offering an inspiration, providing aspects, giving everything to the viewer, never interfere.