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Carving a sculpture certainly requires strenuous effort, after all, there are no easy ways to rectify your mistakes. This doesn't stop accomplished Peter Demetz from making proficiently carved wooden sculptures of people. They are small, but astonishingly comprehensive. All the curves of body, all the creases of clothing, and even loose strands of hair – nothing escapes his carving blade. The end result is of outstanding craftsmanship, and very much realistic. It looks like the real people have been turned into wood.Peter Demetz was born in Bolzano-Italy and lives and works in Ortisei (BZ). He studied at Art school from 1983-84 in Ortesei, and completed his Apprenticeship at Heinrich Demetz’s workshop from 1984-90. He has participated at various collective exhibitions in Ortisei (UNIKA), Milan, Vail/Colorado, Lichtenstein/Germany, Leipzig, Gent, Vienna, Florence, Lecce, Bolzano, Istanbul, Florence, Palma de Mallorca and Roma. He has been a teacher at the vocational school in Ortisei and Selva Gardena for the subjects of drawing, history of art and sculpture. From 2002-06, he has been a leading teacher of the course on wood sculpture of the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau, Department of Applied Arts Schneeberg, at the Daetz-Centrum in Lichtenstein, Germany. Now he is working in collaboration with the White Room Art System Gallery of contemporary art, Capri/Positano, Italy.