Peter Demetz

1969, Bolzano, Italy

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Biography

Born in Bolzano, Italy. He currently lives and works in Ortisei.

After finishing his studies at the Institute of Art in Ortisei, Peter Demetz spent a lot of time as apprentice with Heinrich Demetz and got his masters degree in Sculpture in 1993.

The sculptor has participated in several exhibitions both in his home country, Italy, and abroad. He is considered one of the most interesting contemporary sculptors and he has been supported by such relevant organizations as the Swarovski Design Center, Wattens, LKJ - Sachsen Leipzig and the Daetz - Centrum of Lichtenstein.

Demetz's installations capture the unique gestures and postures of his characters. Men are usually large, bald and very masculine. The women are represented to the smallest detail, emphasizing their femininity, their complements, their hair and their clothes.

Demetz's works allow the viewer to understand the soul, the essence of the figure represented, which is what the sculptor wants to show. He captures innate but mundane moments during which the true nature of existence is contemplated. The figures are usually focused from behind, and there is no visual contact between the character and the viewer. That way, it seems that the figures are trapped in their own world, although they are aware that they are being observed.

Education

1984–1990          Apprenticeship at Heinrich Demetz’s studio

1993                    Achievement of the diploma maestro scultore

1995–2002          Teacher at Ortisei and Selva Gardena Schools. Subjects:  drawing, history of art und sculpture

1997–2000          Chairman of the association „Artigianato Artistico Gardenese“ and of the UNIKA group

2002–2006          Leading teacher of the course on wood sculpture of the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, Department of Applied Arts Schneeberg, at the Daetz-Centrum in Lichtenstein, German

2001–2017          Lectures and seminars on wood sculpture as well as courses on working with wood and clay, drawing, design and anatomy; among others, for the design centre of the company Swarovski in Wattens, the LKJ - Sachsen in Leipzig, the Daetz-Centrum in Lichtenstein  

                            and the Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara

Exhibitions

2018

Inside view, Lucía Mendoza Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Leratica, Artforum Contemporary Museum, Bolgna, Italy

The Perception, Della Trennale Museum, Milan, Italy

Presences, Liquid Art System Gallery, Positano, Italy

Fingere lo spazio per fermare il tempo, Civic Museum, Palazzo Elti, Gemona, Italy

 

2017

A Thousand Mornings, Glade Gallery, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas, USA

Contemporary Masters - Takashi Murakami e Peter Demetz, Lee Bae Gallery, Busan, South Korea

Legno - Lën - Holz, MART di Trento e Rovereto, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy

#essenza, Palazzo Sant'Elia, Palermo, Sicily

 

2016

The Exhibition/Inner Outside, Liquid Art System Gallery, Bologna, Italy

Masters of Light, Jörg Heitsch Gallery, Munich, Germany

Peter Demetz / Without being watched, SODA Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

 

2015

Peter Demetz, Maria Rizzi & Mathhias Ritter, Milan, Italy

Seeing now, 21c Museum Hotel, Durham, USA

Canone Inverso, Certosa di San Giacomo, curado por Marco Izzolino and Lucia Zappacosta, Capri, Italy

Biennale Italia – Cina, Turin, Italy

Visioni contemporanee – Italian Artist in China, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Peter Demetz, Galleria Giorgio Ghelfi, Verona, Italy

Visioni contemporanee Esperienze di confine tra realtà e immaginazione, Spazioborgogno, Milan, Italy

Traversals, Galleria Artforum Contemporary, Bologna, Italy

 

2014

Peter Demetz – Reflections, Dream Factory Gallery, Milan, Italy

New masters, Heitsch Gallery, Munich, Germany

Kunst Zürich, Heitsch Gallery, Munich, Germany

Visoni Contemporanee alla Certosa, Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri, Italy

L’isola dell’arte, White Room Art System Gallery, Capri, Italy

Hyper Realities, Piretti Art Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

Ad Imaginem Suam, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Catania, Italy

 

2013

Peter Demetz – Looking beyond, White Room Capri, Capri, Italy

Bildskulpturen/Seelenlandschaften with Peter Demetz and Bruno Raetsch, In der Badstube, Wangen, Germany

 

2012

Different similarities – somiglianze differenti, EPO Building, The Hague, The Netherlands

Peter Demtez – Reflections, Artforum Gallery, Bologne, Italy

 

2011

Palazzo Valentini, Rome, Italy

54th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Trentini, Trento, Italy

Hotel Alexander Museum, Pesaro, Italy

Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany

Festival La Milanesiana, Milan, Italy

Peter Demetz, Kunstforum Unterland, Egna, Italy

Presence, City Museum of Chiusa, Chiusa, Italy

Peter Demetz – Willy Verginer – Bruno Walpoth, Galleria dell’Incisione, Brescia, Italy

Temet nosce, Chiesa del Pio Suffragio, Bagnacavallo, Italy

 

2010

Intime Stanze, Artforum Gallery, Bologna, Italy

Mirrored stories, III Trienala Ladina, Museo Ladin, San Martino in Badia, Italy

Contemplazioni, Museo Civico di Salemi, Salemi, Italy

Materica, Artforum Gallery, Bologna, Italy

Palazzo Pianciani, Spoleto, Italy

 

2009

Wooden Sculptures, Andrea Baumgartl Gallery, Munich, Germany

Legno parlante, Artforum Gallery, Bologna, Italy

 

2008

Segni di confine, Il Mitreo-Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

Nebenräume-gli spazi dell’io, Castello della Rocca, Ferrara, Italy

Art Fairs

2019

First Art Fair, Van Loon Galleries, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art London, Liquid Art System Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 

2018

Art Marbella, Lucía Mendoza Gallery, Marbella, Spain

CI Contemporary Istanbul, Liquid Art System Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Kiaf Art Seoul, LEE & BAE Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Art Verona, Artforum Contemporary Gallery, Bologna, Italy

Estampa, Lucia Mendoza Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Art Miami, Liquid Art System Gallery, Miami, USA

Grandart, Artforum Contemporary Gallery, Milan, Italy

 

2017

Context Art Miami, Liquid Art System Gallery, Miami, EEUU

Kiaf Art Seoul, Seoul, South Korea

Estampa Contemporary Art Fair, Lucía Mendoza Gallery, Madrid, Spain

 

2016

Context Art Miami, Liquid Art System Gallery, Miami, USA

CI Contemporary Istanbul, SODA Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Scope Art Show Basel, Jörg Heitsch, Basel, Switzerland

Art New York, Liquid Art System Gallery, New York, USA

Artefiera, Galleria Artforum Contemporary, Bologna, Italy

 

2015

Context Art Miami, Liquid Art System Gallery, Miami, USA

CI Contemporary Istanbul, Liquid Art System Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Scope Art Show Basel, Jörg Heitsch Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

Art New York, Liquid Art System, New York, USA

Artefiera, Galleria Artforum Contemporary, Bologna, Italy

 

2014

Context Art Miami, Special Project The Exhibition, White Room Gallery, Miami, USA

Context Art Miami, White Room Art System Gallery, Miami, USA

CI Contemporary Istanbul, Artforum Contemporary Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Scope Art Show New York, White Room Liquid Art System, New York, USA

Artefiera, Artforum Contemporary Gallery, Bologna, Italy

 

2013

Context Art Miami, White Room Art System, Miami, USA

CI Contemporary Istanbul, Artforum Contemporary Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

CI Contemporary Istanbul, White Room Art System Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Art Verona, Artforum Contemporary Gallery, Verona, Italy

Artefiera, Artforum Contemporary, Bologna, Italy

Scope Art Show New York, White Room Art System, New York, USA

 

2012

Context Art Miami, White Room Art System, Miami, USA

Scope Miami, White Room Art System, Miami, USA

 

Awards & Recognitions

2014                   First Prize Pio Alferano, Castellabate, Italy

 

2010                    First Prize XXXVII Premio Sulmona, Sulmona, Italy

                             First Prize Arciere, Sant’ Antioco, Sardinia, Italy

                             III Trienala Ladina, Museo Ladin, San Martino in Badia, Italy

 

2009                   Honour Award  “Eroism – inier, ncuei, duman” Contest, Bolzano, Italy

 

2008                   Honour Award Premio Arte, Magazine Arte

 

2007                   First Prize 60th Anniversary of the Bolzano Fair, Bolzano, Italy

                            Honour Award Nova Contest, Bolzano, Italy

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