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/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” (Ticino). For his artistic work, Eggli received awards from the ZHdK in 2001 and the Perincioli-Foundation in 2006.