Aron Demetz

Italy 1972


Aron Demetz
Aron Demetz
February 21, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Although wooden sculpture is a medium that is often unduly neglected on the contemporary art scene, the renowned Italian artist Aron Demetz has developed unique body of work that reveals its full outstanding potential and its rich gamut of poetry. His love of wood enables him to spend the countless hours necessary to create each piece. Using classical woodcarving techniques, Demetz creates life size figures which emphasize the relationship between man and his environment avoiding the traditional opposition among them, and allowing the two to become an inseparable whole. Amongst carving wood, the sculptor also explores many different ways of distressing the wood including fire, applying resin and shredding the surface of sculptures.

Demetz creates life size figures which emphasize the relationship between man and his environment

Aron Demetz - W.T. (detail), Wood and Pine Resin, 2012 video photography
Aron Demetz – W.T. (detail), 2012

The Influence of Val Gardena Woodcarving Tradition

Aron Demetz was born and raised in Gröden/Val Gardena, a valley in Northern Italy that has been known as woodcarving area since the 17th century. During that period, Italian woodcarvers became enthralled in the art of making wonderful carvings for everyday use, but after a while, they began creating wide range of often detailed and delicate figurines. By the 18th century, Val Gardena became a major center of woodcarving, primarily thanks to pedlars and merchants who carried the carvings and the name of Val Gardena far and wide. Within the youngest generation of wood sculptors hailing from South Tyrol, Demetz is considered to be one of the most innovative protagonists who dares to go beyond the boundaries of traditional craft.

Aron Demetz - Advanced Minorities (detail), new design
Aron Demetz – Advanced Minorities (detail), 2012

The Abstracted Human Figures by Demetz

In his practice, Demetz doesn’t focus on the pure shape of his figures, but rather the different process in which the medium is treated and how each part of its composition and decomposition reflects on the figure itself. His large scale sculptures range from raw almost unfinished woodcarvings, to burnt remnants of what once was of his subject like Tragedia dell’ Univocitá, 2011. His pieces highlight the harmony and conflict that exist between man and nature, as well as the vulnerability of both. In Demetz’s latest series of works titled Advanced Minorities, the naked, smoothly carved figures with parts of stunning textured features, are frozen in peculiar postures or in poses of the antique portraiture. His oeuvre deeply engages the observers on the psychological and emotional levels, revealing both our coexistence with the natural world and our alienation from it.

Demetz’s pieces range from raw woodcarvings, to burnt remnants of what once was of his subject

Aron Demetz - new video 2011
Aron Demetz – Tragedia dell’ Univocita, Carbonized Wood, 100 cm, 2011

International Recognition and Recent Exhibitions

Demetz has achieved international recognition for his sculptures, with his exhibition in the Italian pavilion at the 53th Venice Biennale. In the piece Untitled, conceived for the Venice Biennale, the sculptor introduced the use of natural resin, meticulously collected from the woods in the forests of his naïve town. His sculptures are in important collections including Museo Trauttmansdorff, Merano; Museo Omero, Ancona; Museo Ladin San Martin De Tor, Bolzano; and Palazzo Madama, Rome. He has exhibited his works in individual and collective shows in galleries throughout the world. His recent solo shows include AraCor o l Eco Della Cenere at Terreno Baldío Arte, Mexico City and Keimzeit at Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte, Pietrasanta, Italy.

The sculptor is represented by Gazelli Art House in London, UK.

Aron Demetz lives and works in Gröden/Val Gardena in South Tyrol.

Featured image credits – International Art Bridge-Blog
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YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Save the Date, ArtefieraBarbara Paci Galleria d’Arte, Pietrasanta, ItalyGroup
2015AraCor o l Eco Della CenereTerreno Baldio Arte, Mexico CitySolo
2015The ApproachGazelli Art House, LondonSolo
2015Aron DemetzTerreno Baldio Arte, Mexico CitySolo
2015Aron Demetz, MemoridermataArt Center Hugo Voeten, Vennen 23, 2200 Herentals, BelgiumSolo
2015Arezzo Icastica, Edizione 2015ArezzoGroup
2015Il tesoro d’ItaliaArea EXPO 2015 Padiglione EATALYGroup
2015Pinacoteca CivicaPalazzo dei Priori e il museo Etrusco GuarnacciGroup
2015Self: Portraits of Artists in Their AbsenceNational Academy Museum & School, New YorkGroup
2015Mater. Percorsi simbolici sulla maternitàPalazzo del Governatore, ParmaGroup
2015Holy Mister Y. Il sacro ed il mistero nell’Arte ContemporaneaCentro Congressi Santo Voto, TorinoGroup
2015Day Dream NationGalerie Artdocks, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2014I AMHans Arp Museum, Bahnhof, GermanySolo
2014Museum Beelden Aan ZeeThe Hague, The NetherlandsSolo
2014Beyond SculptureGalleria Ghetta, OrtiseiGroup
2013KeimzeitBarbara Paci Galleria d’Arte, Pietrasanta, ItalySolo
2013The TaintedGazelli Art House, LondonGroup
2013Double JeGalerie Frank Pages, Crans MontanaGroup
2013CrossoverTesa 113 Arsenale Nord, VeniceGroup
2013HumansJunsthaus Klagenfurt, AustriaGroup
2013Murano-MeranoKunst Meran, ItalyGroup
2012Aron Demetz: Il RadicanteMacro Mattatoio PelandaSolo
2012HolzKunstgebäude Schlosshof BodenburgGroup
20121.Biennale Italia-Cina, Ivan Quaroni, Wang ChunchenReggia di Monza, ItalyGroup
2012Advanced MinoritiesInnsbruck, AustriaGroup
2012Aktuelle Positionen Italienischer Kunst. Premio Agenore FabbriCIAC Castello Colonna di GenazzanoGroup
2012Panorama 4. NeueForte di Fortezza, ItalyGroup
2012Open LabPiazzadel Duomo, Pietrasanta, ItalyGroup
2012Italians Do IT BetterGazelli Art House, London, UKGroup
2012Akutelle Positionen Italenischer Kunst, Premio Agenore FabbiStadtgalerie, Kiel, Rome, ItalyGroup
201223D2D Tridelmansion TodayChiostro, ItalyGroup
2011La Natura UmanaGalerie Cast Your Art, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2011Solide FragilitaVilla Bottini, Lucca, ItalySolo
2011Progetto Scultura 2011Castel Sismondo, Rimini, ItalyGroup
2011Bildhaurel in Tirol,Suditirol und Trentino in de letzten 50 JahrenFranenfeste Fortezza, ItalyGroup
2011Lo Strato Dell-Arte,Padiglione Refione Trentino, Alto Adige,54th Venice BiennaleVenice, ItalyGroup
2010HydriditatInnsbruck, AustriaSolo
2010Tridensions TodayFoundazione la Versigliana, Pietrasanta, ItalyGroup
2010Quali cose Siamo, III TriennaleDesign Museum , ItalyGroup
2009Beauty FarmFondazione Durini, Milan, ItalyGroup
2009Anima dell AcquaCa’d’oro, Venice, ItalyGroup
2009Italian Pavillion, 53rd Venice BiennaleVenice, ItalyGroup
2008Aron DemetzPAC Milan, ItalySolo
2007CujiduresMuseo Civico di Chiusa, ItalySolo
2007Les Fleurs du malArcos Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Benevento, ItalyGroup
2007Nuovi Pittori della realtàMuseo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, ItalyGroup
2006Aron DemetzMuseo Archeologico, Milan, ItalySolo
2006Rriptique, manifestation d’art contemporainAngers, FranceGroup
2006Arte-Tempio/Kunst im SakralraumPalazzo Vescovile, Bressanone, ItalyGroup
2005L’inquietudine del voltoda Lotto a Freud da Tiziano a De Chirico, Italiana, Lodi, ItalyGroup
2005Mostra per il Promontorio di PortofinoPortofino, ItalyGroup
2005Art Fair TokyoItalian Factory, JapanGroup
2004Aron Demetzex Chiesa di San Filippo Neri, Rome, ItalySolo
2004Italian FactorySabbioneta, ItalyGroup
2004Uberblick 2004, Kunstlersonderbund in GermaniaBerlin, GermanyGroup
2003Art FairKoln, GermanyGroup
2003La Ricerca sull’Identità. Da Tiziano a De ChiricoCastel Sant’Angelo, ItalyGroup
2002Museo Tattile OmeroAncona, ItalyGroup
2002Premio giovani 2002 – SculturaAccademia Nazionale di San Luca, Roma, ItalyGroup