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.
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