Peter Demetz is an Italian sculptor who creates lifelike wooden sculptures of people. He often makes his figures face away from the viewer and uses mirrors in his framing to allow more angles of his works.
Demetz creates works from 10 inches high to 6 foot tall. He chooses odd angles to challenge the audience to interact with the art. The choice of lime wood creates good colours and grain to give the figures character.
Demetz communicates a strong sense of soul-searching in his works, which capture subjects in intimate yet mundane moments during which the true nature of existence is often contemplated..
Demetz' installations push beyond the framework of daily life, capturing the simple gestures and unique poses of his subject, who are often large, balding, and overtly masculine men. His female subjects are represented down to the smallest detail, bringing out the inherent femininity of their accessories, hair, and clothing. Both his male and female subjects are carefully wrought to underline their average status, and specific characteristics indicating their age or social class are underplayed to allow the observer to focus on their essential being, or soul.