SWITZERLAND, 1953 - 2008

Alfredo Battistini

His material is bronze, his object of study is people. Alfredo Battistini's bronze sculptures show people in their diversity: aesthetic, vulnerable, harmonious, torn, but always uncompromisingly honest. His representational sculptures speak of enormous physical strength and expressiveness - but at the same time reveal to the attentive viewer something of the artist's vulnerability and sensitivity. Intellectually related to Auguste Rodin, Alfredo Battistini bears the stamp of his teacher Hans Jörg Limbach.

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curriculum vitae and events

1953 Born in Uznach (SG). Learn the profession of bricklayer and stonemason. He is passionate about sculpture and sports.

1976 Battistini becomes Swiss light heavyweight boxing champion.

1977 - 1978 Trip to Paris and photo assistant to the well-known photographer Lothar Schmid.

In 1978 he returned to Switzerland to continue his training with the sculptor Hans Jörg Limbach. Applied to the art academy in Paris and was accepted.

1979 Serious car accident, paralyzed since then. With an iron will, he continues to dedicate himself to art and sport. He became a 5-time world champion, a 2-time European champion and a 25-time Swiss champion in the bench press and took part in the Olympic Games in Barcelona and Seoul.

1980 Study trip to Chile, visit to the arts and crafts school in Santiago de Chile.

1983 First major exhibition of his sculptures in Basel, many more to follow.

1994 Creation of the bronze sculpture of the Stuttgart Open for the tennis players Becker, Edberg, Muster and Corda.

1996 Commissioned by the city of Rapperswil to create a monument in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Swiss National Circus Knie.

2008 Alfredo Battistini dies on May 17, 2008.

2009 Great honor for Battistini: his sculpture "la creazione", which he created in 1996 in honor of his great role model Michelangelo, is inaugurated in the Museo Michelangiolesco in Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of Michelangelo.