BRUNO WALPOTH artist (IT) will be in the international artists team for creating sculptures from the historical ruins as guest artist. Born in Bressanone, Italy, 1959.
EDUCATION; 1973 – 1978 sculptor’s apprenticeship with Vincenzo Mussner – Ortisei 1978 – 1984 academy “Der Bildende Künste” in Munich, with Prof. Hans Ladner 1985 – 2008 teacher at the vocational school for sculptors in Selva Val Gardena 1996 foundation of the sculptor’s group “Trisma” with Willy Verginer and Walter Moroder Since 2000 member of the “Südtiroler Künstlerbund”
Rabbi Akiva says: “Silence is a fence to wisdom”. What more astonishing definition is able to grasp the meaning of Bruno Walpoth’s sculptures, if not this very one? There’s peace in his silence; it’s precisely this rarefied and surreal dimension that is inhabited by the creatures to whom he gives shape, and whom he models peremptorily and with perfection, after having carefully observed and studied reality. He uses candid and resistant lime wood or lead leaf foils which he lays out on the wood and hammers as in an embossed work, like in “Walking alone”. Here it’s as if for a very brief moment flesh has turned into metal, a deaf and bleak metal that devours all thoughts and releases the weight of solitude and introspection; the skinny and bony face is moulded on the hollow spaces where the sculptor reveals himself. And when the eyes send deep desolate gleams or when they express astonishment and amazement, or, furthermore, when they are closed, it’s always the silent torment of doubt that we grasp from the artist’s soul.
The Human form, the body, is the major supject around which WALPOTH’S artistic oeuvre revolves. He works sculptures in wood and his career spans over three decades of private and group exhibitions around the world.