Gerhard Petzl

"My artworks are a crossover of different styles, shapes and media but influenced by nature, different cultures and continents. My style can be described as abstract, elegant and timeless. As I have lived on 4 continents, I am the personification of a globalized human being."

Born in Austria and currently living in Switzerland, Gerhard Petzl is a trained Master Pastry Chef and Master Chocolatier for 25 years now. In 2003 he decided to study Art and Design and completed a Master's.

"Afterwards, I continued my search for sculptural expressions successfully, mainly in chocolate with projects in New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Vienna and other cities and was even awarded 'Master Chocolatier of the Year' in 2017 in NY, USA. Crazy projects like the "World's tallest Chocolate Santa", a 5m long table with more than 2,500 single pieces assembled, or even a whole room made out of chocolate with a lifesized human, a desk, a sofa, a table and all in all more than 1500kg chocolate used."

Over the last years, Petzl has worked more with bronze sculpture, timelapse video and created many designs for products. He is the founder of "Chocolate Crystals Art" and 'ARTdesign-naturally grown' which uses chocolate crystal templates as design elements for artworks, furniture and lifestyle products.

"Speaking of my sculptures, they reflect a kind of eternity and timelessness and seem to be familiar but on the other hand maybe strange and mystical. Sometimes a mixture of ancient high culture style and modern expressionism."

Potpourri of Chocolate Body paintings
2 Side tables with naturally grown "Chocolate Crystals design" - Wood with metal stands
The Universe, Chocolate Installation - 3,2 x 1,8 x 1, 7 m
Potpourri of Bronze sculptures

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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