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Lois
Anvidalfarei

Alessandro Casciaro
Art Gallery
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«... Anvidalfarei is in my eyes, one of the few great interpreters of human body. He descovers in it the intense physicality, as the english Lucien Freud does. In his sculptural practice he is not idealistic, considering the tradition of XX century, he is not even inclined to a strict form. By observing what stand in front of him, he develops a feeling of heaviness of matter, in the contemporary ' right path celebration' ». (Peter Weiermair)

"With the mass of their bodies and their intensive physical presence they take over the surrounding space and invite you to interact with them: take for instance those human figures enclosed in a construction of scaffolding poles, hunched up in themselves, or with outstretched limbs, appearing to be wedged in or trapped, but also protected and sheltered, as if in a cocoon.
Anvidalfarei speaks of a veritable compulsion which forces him to create these bodies in heavy bronze. His inspiration and perception are shaped by his previous experiences fuelled, amongst other influences, by his mundane existence as a farmer. The artist looks with sober eyes, but at the same time with much love and empathy, at human beings and human existence. With titles such as “Becoming”, “The Prodigal Son”, or “Reconciliation Group”, his sculptures are an experience which has become material, but endowed with an emotional-existential, even religious quality. The artist makes the bronze come to life; the seemingly misshapen forms do not obey classical theories of proportion, but are modelled on a real body, often the artist’s own body. In his work the artist is inevitably confronting himself with his various moods, his state of mind, his emotions. They are mostly portly figures, male as well as female, who do not appear to reflect current ideals of beauty and representations of the Zeitgeist, and yet which are so much closer to reality than the models or society stars which constantly entice us with their smiles from the covers of glossy magazines, from internet forums or films. The bronze sculptures are not abstract, not conceptual, not even properly innovative, as far as the medium and its implementation, its themes, are concerned, and yet these works, in their authentic genuineness and their intensive liveliness, are topical and current. Anvidalfarei’s people live in our world whilst simultaneously remaining in their own peculiar world, they are not interested in us, the spectators, and yet we cannot stop ourselves from looking at them, from engaging with them."

Günther Oberhollenzer

 

Exhibitions

Solo show (selection)
 
2019
Ita Est, Alessandro Casciaro Art Gallery (IT)

2016
Galerie Art in Gstaad, Gstaad (CH)
Galerie Maier, Innsbruck (A)
 
2014
Galleria Civica, Bressanone (IT)
Galerie Maier, Innsbruck (A)
Conditio Humana, Goethe2, Bolzano (IT)
 
2013
Macro Testaccio, Roma (IT)
Grand Hotel cultural centre, Dobbiaco (IT)
Contemporary Art Centre (with Gotthard Bonell), Cavalese (IT)
Museum für Druckgrafik, Rankweil, Feldkirch (A)
 
2012
Art-Salzburg, Galleria Maier, Salzburg (A)
Art-Karlsruhe,Goethe Art Gallery, Karlsruhe (D)
Ecce Homo, Monastery Wilten, Innsbruck (A)
Galleria Maier, Innsbruck (A)
 
2011
Ecce Homo, Cultural artistic club, Ortisei (IT)
Ecce Homo, Goethe Art Gallery, Bolzano (IT)
 
2010
Vijins (with Helmut Pizzinini), La Villa (IT)
 
2009
Civic museum, Brunico (IT)
Maier Gallery, Innsbruck (A)
Cloister of the Basilica, Mondsee (A)
 
2008
Goethe Art Gallery, Bolzano (IT)
Ladin museum, San Martino in Badia (IT)
Galerie Maier, Innsbruck (A)
 
2007
Art House, Bregenz (A)
Virgilhaus, Salzburg (A)
 
2006
Parkhotel Laurin (with Eduard Habicher), Bolzano (IT)
Skulpturen im Labyrinth, Ansitz Kränzl, Tscherms (IT)
 
2004   
RLB-Atelier, Lienz (A)
Parco Monumental (with Hermann Pedit and Georg Loewit), Bornem (B)
Maier Gallery, Innsbruck (A)

2003
Bolzano, Galleria Goethe (I)
Schwaz in Tirol, Rabalderhaus (A)

2002
Feldkirch, Palais Lichtenstein (A)

2001
Obervintl (BZ), Ansitz Töpsl

2000
Padova, Gallerie del Museo Diocesano (I)
Innsbruck, Galerie Maier
Bregenz, Galerie Art House (A)
Position Gegenwart, Jesuitenkirche, Vienna (A)

1999
Schwabach, Bürgergalerie Schwabach (D)
Arsviva, Brunico (I)

1998
Bruxelles, Parlamento Europeo (B)
Innsbruck, Galerie Maier (A)

1997
Graz, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten (A)
Bolzano, Galleria Prisma
Innsbruck, Kunstpavillon

1995
Vienna, Bildungshaus Lainz (A)
Stromboli, Hall in Tirol (A)
Natters bei Innsbruck, Galerie in der Stille

1994
Innsbruck, Galerie am Grillhof (A)

1993
Bolzano, Galleria Civica (I)
Innsbruck, Kunstpavillon (A)
Lindau, Stadtmuseum Haus zum Cavazzen (D)
Hall in Tirol, Jugendforum (A)
Brunico, Regenhaus (I)

1991
Rigulât Art, Rigolato (I)

1990
Bolzano, Galleria Prisma (I)
San Martino in Badia, Istituto di Cultura Ladina Micurà de Rü (I)

1988
Art Ambiente, Galleria Civica, Bressanone (I)
 

Group exhibition (selection)

2019
Baustelle Conditio Humana, European Forum Alpbach (A)

2017
Sculptura, Gallery Doris Ghetta, Ortisei (IT)
 
2016
ARTEFIERA Bologna, Bologna (IT)
Art Karlsruhe, Alessandro Casciaro art gallery, Karlsruhe (D)
Art Austria, Leopoldmuseum, Galerie Maier, Vienna (A)
Art&Antique, Residenz, Galerie Maier, Salzburg (A)
 
2015
Viennafair, Alessandro Casciaro art gallery, Vienna (A)
Art First, Alessandro Casciaro art gallery, Bologna (IT)
Art&Antique, Residenz, Galerie Maier, Salzburg (A)
Ecce Homo, Schloß Bruck, Lienz (A)
 
2014
Art First, Galleria Goethe, Bologna (IT)
Art Karlsruhe, Galleria Goethe, Karlsruhe (D)
Art Austria, Leopoldmuseum, Galerie Maier, Vienna (A)
 
2013
Born in the Dolomites, Künstlerhaus, Wien (A)
GrauRand, Feldkirch (A)
 
2012
Merano Arte, Piazza della Cassa di Risparmio, Merano (IT)
Goethe goes to Goethe2, Goethe2, Bolzano (IT)
 
2011
54. Biennale di Venezia, Italian Pavillion, Arsenale, Venezia (IT)
Ladinia, Volkskunstmuseum, Innsbruck (A)
Figura, una storia della scultura in Alto Adige, Tirolo e Trentino dopo il 1945, forte, Fortezza (IT)
Una storia del corpo, Lanserhaus, Appiano (IT)
 
2010
Villa Falkenhorst, Thüringen (D)
 
2009
Sammellust, Kunst-Meran, Merano (IT)
Todesangst, Museo civico, Brunico (IT)
Clusa, Museo civico, Chiusa (IT)
Zauber der Zeichnung, Zeichnungen in Österreich 1946–2009, Lanserhaus, Appiano (IT)
Istitut Ladin – 50 Jahre EPL, San Martino in Badia (IT)
 
2008
Skulptur, Villa Claudia, Feldkirch (A)
Art House – 5 Schüler von Prof. Joannis Avramidis, Bregenz (A)
Manifesta 7 Parallelevents, Ortisei (IT)
 
2006
Arte+Tempio, Palazzo Vescovile, Bressanone (IT)
Trasgressioni – il disegno in Alto Adige post 1945, Museo civico, Brunico (IT)
Kunstszene Südtirol Aktuell, Lanserhaus, Appiano (IT)
 
2005
Kunst.Szene.Südtirol, Palais Lichtenstein, Feldkirch (A)
Tiroler Spirale, Toscanahof, Wien (A)
 
2004
Il Nudo fra ideale e realtà, una storia dal neoclassicismo ad oggi, Galleria d’arte moderna, Bologna (IT)


Public works (selection)

2017
Conditio Humana, Gefallene Engel, Zott-Museum, Unterammergau (D)
Bruno mit Hand, Hospital, Hall in Tirol
Fountain, main square of La Villa
 
2015
Construction of the presbytery of San Lorenzo Church in Wasserlos am Mondsee (A)
 
2014
Construction of the presbytery of the Basilica of Sonntagberg (A)
 
2011
Homage an Friedrich Gulda, bronze head, Guldapark, Vienna (A)
Caino – Trú di Artisc, La Villa, Val Badia (IT)
 
2010
Gedenken an alle Opfer von Gewalt, head with hands, Lans presso Innsbruck (A)
Altare, ambone, scanno, Parish Church Maria im Moos, Vipiteno (IT)
 
2009
Façade of Hope, House of Government, Innsbruck (A)
 
2008       
Altare, ambone, scanno, Mondsee Parish Church (A)
Wächter, Primary School, Caderzone (IT)
 
2007
Metànoia, large head with hands, provincial health school Claudiana, Bolzano (IT)
 
2006
Gravestone for Gratl family, Hall in Tirol (A)
 
2005
Gravestone for Kasia Stawicka, Auschwitz (PL)
 
2004
Caino e Abele, Dott. Brigitte and Josef Krupitza, Vienna (A)
Gravestone for Pernthaler family, Bolzano (IT)
San Giuseppe Freinademetz, head, Badia graveyard (IT)
Fountain, Social centre La Spona, Pederoa (IT)
 

Biography

Lois Anvidalfarei was born 1962 in Badia (South Tyrol). From 1976 to 1981 he attended the Art Institution of Ortisei, Val Gardena. In 1983 he began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he received a decisive influence both as a designer and as a sculptor thanks to the encounter with the works and the character of Joannis Avramidis. Since 1989 he has been living and working in Badia.


 
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