Engelbert Piccolruaz was born in 1942 in Ortisei, a small South Tyrol village nestled in the Alps of Northern Italy. Ortisei is a village steeped in the tradition of wood carving and Engelbert has been fortunate to have had the chance to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors.
At age fourteen, Engelbert commenced a three year traineeship at Art School. It is here that he was inspired by field trips to galleries in Florence, Rome and Venice. This was followed by a four year apprenticeship working under the guidance of his Maestro. To further his experience, Engelbert went to work in Oberammergau, Germany, for three years, and was fortunate enough to witness the famed Passion Play of the region.
He returned to Italy for several years and in this period noticed a strong request for religious artwork overseas. In 1969, aged 27, Engelbert Piccolruaz and his family migrated to Sydney, Australia. After ten years working as a contractor for Pellegrini’s (a major retailer of religious goods at that time) he set up his own workshop as a wood carving artisan and sculptor in the inner city suburb of Tempe and then Marrickville, and from there he has never looked back.
Engelbert’s work can be found in Christian churches and Catholic schools all over Australia. Many of his religious statues have been published in various religious publications such as St. Vincent de Paul Society, Parish Magazine, Catholic Cemeteries Board and many more.
Engelbert can be commissioned to any religious art and/or a wood sculpture as per your personal specifications. This is an opportunity to come directly to the artisan, instead of going through a distributor. The advantage is that he can objectively advise you about size, specifications and individual requirements of the wood carvings.
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