Christian Bolt

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Christian Bolt is a sculptor and painter. He lives in the Swiss mountains in Klosters in the canton of Grisons. He works in marble obtained in Carrara, Italy, from the same quarry that Michelangelo got his stone. “Every content has its form and every form has its material,” he explains. “The choice of material is a statement in itself. I don't choose marble because it is so white and pretty; I choose it because it's very old clay.”[1]

He describes himself as an existentialist artist who is interested in life, existence, the inner development of human beings.”[2]

At the age of 16, he applied to the Schule fur Holzbildhauerei (college of wood carving) in Brienz and four years later completed his studies. He then traveled and stayed in Germany and the United States. He then moved to Italy where he studied technique and materials of sculpting, art history, and anatomy at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree. He returned home in 2003. His first studio was in Zurich. In 2014, he became the first Swiss sculptor to be awarded the title of professor at Europe’s traditional and oldest art academy Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence.

Bolt and his wife have three sons. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.