Rudolf Hoflehner

Austrian, born Linz, Austria 1916-died Pantaneto, Italy 1995
Linz, Austria
Pantaneto, Italy
Active in
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Sudstadt, Austria
  • Austrian

Rudolf Hoflehner studied at an industrial school in Linz, Austria, then at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Vienna. After graduation, he began sculpting in wood, creating delicate forms that emphasized the flexibility of thin twigs and branches. During the 1950s, he developed work in metal, welding massive sculptures from leftover pieces of iron in the foundry. His powerful pieces are built up from rough circles, wedges, poles, and blocks of iron, and reflect the sheer physical force used in their construction.