The artist and wood sculptor Michael Steigerwald was born in Rottenberg near Aschaffenburg in 1955. He visited the vocational school for wood sculptors from 1978 and worked after his apprenticeship as a restorer at Hummel’s in Heiligenberg.
After six years as a sculptor in the workshop of the successful sculptor and author of mystery plays Helmut Lutz in Breisach he passed his master examination in 1987. In the following year, the artist opened his first own workshop in Bischoffingen am Kaiserstuhl.
In the 32 years since 1990 the workshop had moved to Haslach in the Kinzigtal and finally to the Baden Steinach. Since 1992 he has been a member of the Community of Christian Artists. (GCK) of the Archdiocese of Freiburg, the BBK Karlsruhe and the Kunstverein‘s Mittleres Kinzigtal. The work shaped by the artist is sacred and determined by strong beliefes in the binding and linking. In his sculptures one meets the commitment to people, as well as to things and passions like “collecting or sculpting or loving and religion or faith“, as Michael Steigerwald himself says.
Important projects & stations:
- Design of numerous well-known altars and choral rooms: eg Catholic Church in Zell im Wiesental; monastery Himmelsport in Grenzach-Whylen
- St. Clement and Urban in Schwörstadt; Catholic Church in Rastatt-Wintersdorf
- Many impressive works in public space: Sculpture “Rübezahl“ for the bookstore Rübezahl in Dillenburg; Joseph and Mary sculpture in the Catholic Church of Pforzheim-Eutingen; Nativity scene „Inner Light“ for the Monastery Hegne; Memorial Euthanasia 1914–1945 in Pfafferode ÖHK; Place of worship in the Evangelical Church Haslach im Kinzigtal
- Numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad: eg “we are only guest on earth“ (GCK/2006) in Konstanz Münster; “ORTENALE“ at Schlosshotel Bühlerhöhe 2010; “Thoughts of commitment“ 2011 in the Romanesque Church Rheinmünster Schwarzach; 2017: “At the height of souls“ in Germanys highest church on the Feldberg as well as “Maria. Frau – Königin – Mutter“ in the monastery Hegne
The sculptor Michael Steigerwald still lives and works in Steinach in Baden-Wuerttemberg at present.