Lixenberg is well-known throughout the world for the abstract metal sculptures and geometric prints created in his Amsterdam studio. Thought of as a Dutch artist, he was actually born in London into a Jewish Orthodox family,where he spent the years of WWII.

Lixenberg discovered Michigan by chance. While in NYC in the early 1980’s, he was invited to do a one-man show at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and then became especially fond of West Michigan.

To commemorate Grand Rapids as the first city in the world to fluoridate its water, “Steel Water” was installed along the Grand River in 2007, Magela-S “ was placed on the campus of Grand Valley State University in 2010, and a major retrospective of his work was hosted by GVSU in the fall of 2013.