ARNOLD HOLZKNECHT

Arnold Holzknecht (born 1960, Val Gardena) lives and works in Ortisei, South Tyrol. Through refined “technicism” of the local woodcarving tradition, he builds poetic magnets with small but sophisticated variations in form. His expressive power is the result of a stylistic originality that makes him unique on the international art scene. He seems to have the rare ability to “bring order to history”: for instance, the optical excesses of American minimalism, grandiose and in some way vulgar, find a renewed harmony in his work, just as the improvisation of the gesture of European pictorial research is regenerated in his control. While recognising the crossroads of different cultures represented in his work, he has his own exclusive power. The result of all this expertise is perfect balanced works, which, in the eyes of the viewer, acquire power and strength every day.