Bruno Walpoth (Born in 1959 in Bressanone Italy. He lives and works in Ortisei, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy).
Walpoth began his training in the studio of his grand- father and uncle, both of whom carved ecclesiastical figures. His more formal art training began in 1973 when he worked under Vincenzo Mussner in Ortisei. In 1978 he moved to Munich to attend Der Bildende Künste academy where he studied with Professor Hans Ladner until 1984.
Walpoth combines the education from the studios of Ortisei and their 400-year history of woodcarving with the techniques and forms of contemporary sculpture. Parts of his sculptures are often painted in typically muted colors; he uses this coloring to create their clothing, hair, or sometimes their skin.
Rather than telling a story through his sculpture, Walpoth aims instead to capture an isolated and introspective moment. To achieve this, he works with live models in his studio. The artist’s goal is to immortalize the moment when the model abandons his/her thoughts and is simply there, present in form but without thoughts or concerns. His sculptures pose rigidly with their gaze eluding the eyes of the viewer.
Most widely known for his sculptures in wood, Walpoth has recently also produced sculptures in cardboard and bronze.
Having participated in numerous solo as well as museum shows, Walpoth’s works are widely collected internationally. In 2015, he participated in “Personal Structures – Crossing Borders” in conjunction with the 56th Venice Biennale.