Michael Hutter was born in 1963 in Dormagen, Germany. In 1970 he and his family moved to Cologne, where he attended a catholic primary school until 1974. From this time his fascination in religion rooted, aroused by a stern rector who introduced him to God and made him familiar with the idea of the Last Judgement and Eternal Damnation. Although he lost his faith soon after leaving this school the demons that where evoked there haunt him since.
In 1976 he discovered, with the support of Hieronymus Bosch and the Surrealism, that only art is worth living for. In his youth he experimented with several occult ideas and practices. He also found out that the Apocalypse is not threatened by God, but man himself. It is us that bears the key to the abyss!
After leaving the Gymnasium in 1983 Michael Hutter attended the Kunsthochschule in Cologne for a few semesters. Being not very impressed, he soon returned to his private studies. Hutter shuns the official art and gallery scene and spends long periods of his live in separation, isolated contemplation and manic work. In 2000/01, for example, studies in the library of a monastery in the Eifel resulted in writing and illustrating his first book, the Melchior Gruen tales.
After the terrible death of his father in 2006 Hutter discarded all esoteric teachings and became a true follower of the church of agnosticism.
Hutter still lives and works in Cologne, but “Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men.”
Text by H. P. Lovecraft