Christian Verginer creates fascinatingly detailed sculptures and relief-like works made of basswood. Glued panels form the basis of his figures, which the artist models in elaborate manual work with traditional tools such as chisels and files. Verginer’s sculptural works are predominantly life-size representations of people, endowed with different attributes, accentuated by the use of green or gray acrylic paint; some hold an axe or scissors in their hands, others carry a bird’s nest on their shoulders or are stuck with one leg in a flower pot. In an ironic and sometimes provocative way, the sculptor traces the ambivalent relationship between man and nature. This ambivalence is emphasized by the works’ titles, which are mainly chosen in English.
Christian Verginer was born in Brixen/South Tyrol in 1982. After attending the art school in Ortisei in Val Gardena/South Tyrol, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara from 2001 to 2002. His sculptures are shown in solo and group exhibitions as well as at art fairs at home and abroad. Verginer lives and works in Ortisei.