Daniel Eggli’s instrument is the chain-saw. He is fascinated by its speed and the dynamic that arises during the carving. Out of one solid piece of wood he forms figures that are extracted from the everyday world: businessmen, women reading, golfers, divers and swimmers, hunters on the prowl or girls standing on a chair looking into the distance. The power saw helps the artist not to get lost in the details. All of his sculptures are characterized by clear, reduced contours and a lack of individual traits. The faces remain anchored in the abstract: “Because my works do not refer to specific people, but focus on the figure, as such they can be understand as a symbol for different social groups” (Daniel Eggli 2016).
Daniel Eggli was born in 1972 in Rohrschach, Canton of St. Gallen, and studied at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK). Since 2001 he has worked as a freelance artist. His sculptures are regularly shown at national and international exhibitions and art fairs. Since 2002 he has worked as a teacher at the Scuola di Scultura di Peccia (Canton of Ticino). For his artistic work, Eggli received awards from the ZHdK in 2001 and the Perincioli-Foundation in 2006.