Nico Gerrits (1947) opted long ago to enrol in a university instead of an academy of arts. After qualifying in biophysics at Leiden University he specialized in brain anatomy.
Following a long career as a researcher and teacher at different universities he reverted to his other interests and spends an important part of his time sculpting.
Even for himself it is not entirely clear why he prefers to make female torsos. Since the concept for the sculptures just develops inside his head, and subsequently is crafted without the use of a model or even a sketch, they appear to be a translation of his own emotional self.
It may partly explain some rather strange aspects that characterize his sculptures. Despite a deceptively perfect anatomy they do not reflect the prototypical female image, but are usually thin and hard and rather masculin. The sculptures have been stripped from every detail not necessary to express dynamic and emotional content.
Thus he creates torsos which at first glance may display an almost vulgar directness. However, a longer "confrontation" with them leads to a completely different interaction, being a reflection of the interaction between form and emotion that was the fundament of their creative process.