Gerard Extra was born in 1942 in Hoensbroek. In 1966 he attended the Stadsacademie voor toegepaste kunsten in Maastricht (publicity and graphics) and in 1977 he attended the Kunstacademie in Maastricht. Over the years he worked in various diciplines from sculpturing to painting and currently he is working on a new series of paintings. Within this new series of paintings the essence is focussing on liberation. Leaving the past and prejudice past and liberating himself and his work from any previous related issues.