Aron Demetz (1972, IT) uses traditional woodcarving techniques to convey his preoccupation with humanity’s relationship to nature. In his work he eschews the classical opposition of human and nature, and allows the two to become an inseparable whole, evoking the primordial experience. Born in Val Gardena, in northern Italy, where he still lives and works, Demetz adopted a traditional South Tyrolean technique of woodcarving that dates back to the 17th century. His sculptures – depicting the human figure in classical postures or unusual awkward positions – explore the possibilities and limitations of wood as a material. The resulting works have a strong physical presence, which deeply engage the viewer on a psychological level. After the figure has been carved out of the block of wood the material is submitted to three different 'injuries' or 'lacerations". Its surface gets roughened, burned or covered with drops of resin. All those processes are linked to Demetz' concern for the human soul that he brings to the surface of his material. If the wood is burnt the formerly solid block is rendered extremely fragile. The roughened surface is caused by a milling machine 'attacking' wet wood and suggests ideas of decomposition and decay. The resin collected from the woods appears in various hues depending on the type of tree it is taken from without further artificial pigmentation. It animates the figure and makes for the most intense gazes. Injury, illness, healing and metamorphosis are the main topics the artist deals with resulting in impressive and touching representations.

Solo Exhibitions

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Autarchia MANN - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Italy
Aron Demetz, College of Social Science, and Koo Chen-Fu Memorial Library, National University of Taiwan
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Opening Contemporary, Galleria Davide Paludetto, Torino, Italy
Memoridermata, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, Italy
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L'eco della cenere, Vestibulo del Museo de Arte e Historia de Guanajuato, Leon, Mexico
Museo Rivara, Rivara, Italy
Autark, with Robert Pan, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, Italy
Asia Museum of Modern Art, Tiachung, Taiwan
Malmström, Oxholm Gallery, Kopenhagen, Denmark
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AraCor, l‘eco della cenere, curatedy by Edoardo Miery Teran, Terreno Baldio Arte Mexico City, Mexico
Memoridermata, curated by Simon Delobel, Art Center Hugo Voeten, Herentals, Belgium
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I am, Arp Museum, Rolandseck, Germany
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Keimzeit, curated by Alessandro Riva, Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte, Pietrasanta, Italy
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Aron Demetz: Il Radicante, curated by Davide Pairone, Macro Mattatoio Pelanda, Italy
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La Natura Umana, curated by Wolfgang Haas, Galerie Cast Your Art, Vienna, Austria
Gallery Goethe, curated by Danilo Eccher, Bolzano, Italy
Solide Fragilità, curated Luca Beatrice, Villa Bottini, Lucca, Italy
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Hybridität, Galleria Artdepot, Innsbruck, Austria
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Aron Demetz, curated by Danilo Eccher, PAC Milan, Italy
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Aron Demetz, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, ex Chiesa di San Filippo Neri, Rome, Italy

Group Exhibitions

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Choice, Gallery Dukan, Leipzig, Germany
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The Game, Südtiroler Künstlerbund, curated by Lisa Trockner, Kunsthalle Eurocenter, Lana, Italy
Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative tradition, curated by Joseph Bacherer, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, USA
Bronze, Steel and Stone II, Everard Read Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Senza Frontiere - Premio Quarelli, curated by Alessandro Demma, Quarelli Parco d‘Arte, Roccaverano, Asti, Italy
Anillos Concéntricos, Fabrica de San Pedro Uruapan e Morella, Michoacán, Terreno Baldío Arte, Mexico
Il passo sospeso. Esplorazione del limite, curated by Alessandro Romanini, Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca, Italy
The Approach, Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan
Legno-Len-Holz, un itinerario nella scultura contemporanea, curated by Gabriele Lorenzoni, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy
Sculptura, curated by Günther Oberhollenzer, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, Italy
Varied Works, Mark Peet Visser Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Zwischen Himmel und Erde, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany
Un-Official Stories, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, Italy
Art & Tecnology a Secular Dialogue, Moskow, Russia
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Red Desert, the place where activism becomes attitude, curated by Flaminia Scauso, Gallery Artveras, Geneve, Switzerland
La Torre di Babele, curated by Pietro Gallianó, Ex Officine Lucchesi, Prato, Italy
Il peso di un pensiero, la forza di un'opera, curated by Alessandro d'Emma, Certosa di S. Giacomo, Capri, Italy
Garten/Giardini 70 Jahre/Anni Südtiroler Künstlerbund, curated by Lisa Trockner, Hofburg, Brixen, Italy
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42K - Robert Bosisio, Arnold Holzknecht, Walter Moroder, Peter Senoner - Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, Italy
Self: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence - National Academy Museum, New York City, USA
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Beyond Sculpture, Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei, Italy
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The Tainted, curated by Mila Askarova, Gazelli Art House, London, United Kingdom
Double Je, curated by Flaminia Scauso, Galerie Frank Pages, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Humans, curated by Thomas Riess, Kunsthaus Klagenfurt, Austria, and Prisma galerie, Bolzano, Italy
Murano-Merano, curated by Valerio Deho, Kunst Meran, Italy
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Holz, curated by Hans Werner Kalkmann, Kunstgebäude Schlosshof Bodenburg, Germany
1.Biennale Italia-Cina, curated by Mian Bu, Ivan Quaroni, Wang Chunchen, Reggia di Monza, Italy
Advanced Minorities, curated by Peter Weiermair and Markus Neuwirth, Innsbruck, Austria
Aktuelle Positionen Italienischer Kunst. Premio Agenore Fabbri, Ciac Castello Colonna di Genazzano, Italy
Panorama 4, Forte di Fortezza, Italy
Open Lab, curated by Alessandro Romanini, Piazza del Duomo, Pietrasanta, Italy
Italians Do it Better, Gazelli Art House, Pret a Diner, London, United Kingdom
Aktutelle Positionen Italienischer Kunst, Premio Agenore Fabbi, Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Rome, Italy
23D2D Tridelmansion Today, curated by Alessandro Romanini, Chiostro di Sant'Agostino, Pietrasanta, Italy
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Progetto Scultura 2011, Castel Sismondo, Rimini, Italy
Figur, Franzensfeste Fortezza, Italy
Lo Strato dell'Arte, Padiglione Regione Trentino-Alto Adige, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy
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Tridensions Today, Fondazione la Versigliana, Pietrasanta, Italy
Quali cose siamo, III Triennale Design Museum, Italy
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Beauty Farm, Fondazione Durini, Milano, Italy
Anima dell'acqua, Ca´d’oro, Venice, Italy
Italian Pavillion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
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Les Fleurs du mal, curated by Danilo Eccher, Arcos Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Benevento, Italy
Nuovi Pittori della realtà, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy
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Ririptique, manifestation d’art contemporain, Angers, France
Arte-Tempio/Kunst im Sakralraum, Palazzo Vescovile, Bressanone, Italy
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L’inquietudine del volto, da Lotto a Freud, da Tiziano a De Chirico, Lodi, Italy
Mostra per il Promontorio di Portofino, Italy
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Italian Factory, Sabbioneta, Italy
Überblick 2004, Künstlersonderbund, Berlin, Germany
da Tiziano a De Chirico, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Castel Sant’Angelo, Italy
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Museo Tattile Omero, curated by Marco Di Capua, Ancona, Italy
Premio giovani 2002 – Scultura, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Roma, Italy
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Aron Demetz, Walter Moroder, Franz Canins, San Martin, Italy