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Mario Dilitz is internationally renowned for his carved wood sculptures and monumental bronzes of the human figure. Dilitz does not set out a narrative to the figures he depicts in his work, preferring to leave the viewer to reflect on what they see in his sculptures.
“My work does polarize opinion. There is a contrast between the aesthetic beauty of my sculptures and the content of the issues raised, where I like to encourage a profound confrontation with the vagaries of human existence.”
Mario Dilitz was born 1973 in Innsbruck, Austria. He now works and lives in Axams, Austria where his carving studio is based. Dilitz’s wood sculptures are made distinct with the coloured glue he uses to painstakingly join the narrow blocks of wood. The final, delicate surface, with the individual characteristics of the wood grain is what transforms of every single sculpture, even in the case of series, into a remarkable and unique masterpiece. His wood figures are made in small series of unique pieces of each subject. He also produces work in bronze in close collaboration with a foundry in Italy.
He combines traditional sculptural knowledge and technical skills with a contemporary viewpoint and thereby manages to create sculptures of great intensity and immediacy with their own powerful and unusual presence.
On the one hand Mario manifests the contradictions occurring in human nature, on the other hand he knows to unite them in his work. In his many sculptures using an African boy or girl as his subject the pieces have a still, calm and peaceful exterior but their neutral gaze suggests to some an inner anxiety or restlessness. Mario prefers not to explain too much and to leave the viewer to feel the powerful presence of his works and draw their own conclusions and enjoyment from his creations.
Even his choice of material reveals these contradictions. His sculptures, many of them life-sized, are created out of high-quality laminated wood. After a process of destruction, as the wood is cut into lengths, and then construction, as the pieces are glued together, the wood has reached a new form of stability, which wouldn’t have been possible in its natural condition. This whole process is made visible by the lines of red or black glue in the laminated wood. Signalling the new strength and permanence of the medium, as well as being an original Dilitz trademark. Uniquely pleasing in its aesthetic.
His bronze sculptures, originally sculpted in clay by Mario, have the same commanding presence. The bronzes are often coloured in an unusual unpolished patina, which is original and completely beautiful, perfectly attuned to the subject. Dilitz has embarked on making his bronze figures larger than life. These monumental pieces are now in a variety of different outdoor settings worldwide where they transform the spaces they occupy with their arresting mystery.
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No.198 The Magician
2023 Walnut Unique carved piece from a series of 8 Height: 37″ (94cm) Length: 12.5″ (32cm) Depth: 8″ (20cm) Signed and numbered 4/8
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Treasure House Art Fair
23rd Jun 2023 - 26th Jun 2023, Sladmore Gallery, London, UK, SW1Y 6LX
The Treasure House Fair will continue the decade long tradition of an annual show of the exceptional at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.