Alfredo Battistini

His work material is bronze, his study object is the human being. Alfredo Battistini’s bronze sculptures show human beings in there diversity: aesthetical, vulnerable, harmonious, torn, however always uncompromisingly honest. His concrete sculptures show enormous physical strength and expressiveness – however tell thereby the attentive viewer somewhat of the impairment and sensitivity of the artist. Mentally related to Auguste Rodin, Alfredo Battistini carries the stamp of his instructor Hans Jörg Limbach.

Year Event
1953 Born in Uznach (SG). Learns the occupation of the mason. He is very enthusiastic about sculpture and art
1976 Battistini wins the Swiss championship in cruiserweight boxing
1978 – 1977 Journey to Paris, where he becomes the assistant of the well-known photographer Lothar Schmid
1978 Returns to Switzerland, in order to pursue his artistic training with the sculptor Hans Jörg Limbach. Applies at the academy of arts in Paris and is accepted
1979 Fateful car accident, since then quadriplegic. With iron will he keeps up doing sports and art. He wins the world championship in bench press five times, the European championship twice as well as twenty-five Swiss champion titles and participates at the Olympic Games in Barcelona and Seoul
1980 Study trip to Chile, attendance of the college of arts and crafts in Santiago de Chile
1983 First large exhibition of his sculptures in Basel, of which many will follow
1994 Creation of the bronze sculpture for the Stuttgart open for the tennis players Becker, Edberg, Muster and Corda
1996 Assignment by the city of Rapperswil to create a monument in honour of the 75-year anniversary of the Swiss national Circus Knie
2008 Alfredo Battistini dies May 17th 2008
2009 Great honour for Battistini: His sculpture „la creazione“, which he produced 1996 as a tribute to his idol Michelangelo, is unveiled in the Museo Michelangiolesco in Caprese Michelangelo, Michelangelo’s place of birth