© Bruno Walpoth
was born in 1959 and currently lives in St. Ulrich, South Tirol. From 1978-1984 he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München under the supervision of Prof. Hans Ladner. His works are represented in major galleries all over the world. Bruno Walpoth's human figures created from lime wood or walnut come about as a result of his meeting and dealing with models. In his or her outward appearance, the model serves as a cover surface for implied projections. Granted, the facial features and body forms correspond to those of the models, but the artist reduces the strong individual characteristics of the personality in his sculptural representation - those that would constitute the individuality in the classical sense of the portrait. Every new work for the artist is a new challenge of build up tension. He succeds in this through a mixture of presence and absence, closeness and distance. The physical presence of his figures welcomes closeness, although there is nearly no option of direct contact with the figures. It is as if they avoid confrontation and are standing against interaction. The figures are standing between two positions looking confident in the future and being stuck in melancholy. They're not in action and are untouched by the environment. There are no searching eyes of coincindence. More consistent in their posture, the cautious existence is directed inwards. The observer who admits to it, is appealed to break the distance and to allow encounter.