Maurice Blik was born to Jewish parents in Amsterdam in 1939. In 1943, Blik’s father was sent to Auschwitz, while Blik, his sister, his pregnant mother and grandmother were sent to the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Liberated by the Russian army in 1945, he moved with his mother and oldest sister to England.
Blik had an extensive career in Art Education, teaching at all levels from Primary to Postgraduate. He studied sculpture at Hornsey College of Art in London (1960) and has a post-graduate Art Teacher’s Certificate with distinction from the University of London (1969).
In the 1980s he began to develop his own artwork and in 1991 gave up teaching to work full time as a sculptor. He was awarded resident status by the US Government in 1992 as ‘person of extraordinary artistic ability’ and was elected President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (1996-1997), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1997). Blik is exhibiting widely both in the UK and the US. His sculptures can be found in private and public collections, including ‘Renaissance’ at East India Docks in London (1995); ‘Behold’ at Middlesex University in London (2000); ’Splishsplash’ at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, US (2005); ‘Second Breath’ at Chandler Hospital of University of Kentucky, US (2011), or ‘Every Which Way’ at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, UK (2017).
Blik has been the subject of films and documentaries: ‘The Art of Remembering’ BBC, directed by Tim Robinson (1998); performance film ‘Second Breath’ directed by Gillian Lacey (2007), ‘Hollow Dog’ directed by by Clive Martin Ya Media (2017), ‘The Last Survivors’ BBC, directed by Arthur Cary (2019), and ‘Belsen Our Story’ BBC, directed by Tom Stubberfield (2020).