Adolf Vallazza

Self Portrait 1974

Adolf Vallazza was born at Ortisei, town in South Tyrol, in 1924. His father, Hermann Vallazza, worked as an iron sculptor while his mother, Gisela Moroder, was daughter of painter Joseph Moroder Lusenberg. After completing his education, Adolf Vallazza opened his studio as a sculptor and married Renata Giovannini, becoming father of 4 children (1947-1957).

His first personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad were held in the Sixties.  This lead to critics such as Garibaldo Marussi, Luciano Budigna, and Giuseppe Marchiori to visit studio from 1968 onwards, and a both friendly and professional relationship was forged with the photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin. In 1978, Adolf Vallazza meets the film director Ermando Olmi on the occasion of his exhibition at the San Fedele gallery in Milan. In 1982, he was chosen as an Accademico Del Buonconsiglio di Trento. He was in contact frequently with the critic Enrico Crispolti and the photographer Mario de Biasi to drafting a book in the years 1983 to 1987, then with the critic Giorgio Segato for significant exhibitions, and in 1987 with Paolo Viti, Olivetti’s art director, for subsequent exhibitions.

He has been the subject of films produced by the RAI, one of which won a prize at Trento’s Film Festival della Montagna in 1990. A significant encounter with Fred Licht, critic and director of the Guggenheim collection and Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, took place in 1993.

Totem 1995

To Vallazza, wood is the hereditary material of work of his own family. Therefore, it is a material in which he collates a personal loyalty, through which he can express an ancestral and secular heritage. In his sculptures, Vallazza exploits to the full the freedom his imagination encountering and articulating the very eloquent material to which he has committed his life.

In the age of his art, Vallazza quietly remind us that the values which we had thought lost forever are still within our grasp. These sculptures are organisms that live in flawless harmony within their ambience of fantasy bringing their own light to the audience. In Vallazza’s sculptures we are grateful to discover that we can be honest to the age into which we were born and still maintain what has always been most sublime in making: the recognition of things greater than ourselves.

The Weightlifter 1962, oil on canvas

Originality is a feature of Vallazza’s current artworks with his liking for historical references. Vallazza’s pieces emphasise a three dimensionality original material which can be reinterpreted in multiple ways. He finds a figurative creativeness in his imagination by releasing the traditional sculptural art of his homeland and approaching this concept in a playful manner. His artwork’s presentation is mainly centred towards the beauty of the wood and in the form imposed by its use and its history.

His works have both meaning and beauty. This virtuous encounter between the material and intuition, the imagination and the craft skills of the artist that strikes the spark and guarantee the matter has reincarnated to a new life without reneging its past. Vallazza’s works are attractive in a chromatic harmony in a choreographic passionate energy.

Figure 1967, olive wood sculpture, 156x50x53cm, di Adolf Vallazza
Figure 1967, olive wood sculpture, 156x50x53cm