Peter Deckers was born in the Netherlands and completed his early jewellery training and education there. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1985 and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Elam, Auckland University, in 2003.
Deckers, who now works as a part time senior art tutor at Whitireia, Porirua, is both a contemporary artist and a craftsperson. Ideas that make distinctive connections with jewellery are the inspiration for his work, and a recent 20 year survey exhibition at Pataka, Porirua, highlighted his interest in language through a series of engaging pieces displayed with accompanying sound.
Deckers exhibits with dealer galleries throughout New Zealand and internationally. His work, philosophy and ideas have also been the subject of a book, 'Choices of the Hand; a Survey of Work from New Zealand Jeweller Peter Deckers', introduction by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, published by First Editions, Wellington (supported by Creative New Zealand).