Martina Kreitmeier

Personal motto
“The creation of sculptures can only happen in the here and now. I often forget space and time in the process. A wonderful state that you can never force.”

The artist born in Dachau in 1970 lives by the words of Erich Kästner: “The best way to do good is to be good.” Martina Kreitmeier finds equally fascinating and inspiring parallels of life itself in her artistic work: “I must deal with the natural conditions and characteristics of the wood as well as the unpredictable. To make good decisions when removing parts of the material, I always look at the piece from different angles and some distance. Then I continue to work to move forward. If the decision turns out to be bad, I still try to make the best of it, which also is a valuable experience.” The sculpting process is an inspiring metaphor for our lives and how we face challenges and opportunities.

Martina Kreitmeier began her path with many years of further education after passing her journeyman’s exam in carpentry in 1990. She graduated from mastery school in 1995 and studied for two years at the Fachakademie für Möbeldesign & Innenarchitektur in Cham. During this time, she also worked for the workshops of the Bayrische Staatsoper. Beginning in 2002, the now freelance artist started her training as a wood sculptor in Munich, finishing her second master’s examination in 2007 with a master’s award.

Important projects & stations (excerpt):

  • Important awards, including two 1st prizes for sculptures in Brienz (CH).
  • Scholarship artist in residence in Scotland & Virginia, the USA, in 2010/2018.
  • Won tenders for art on building and in public spaces multiple times.
  • Lecturer for sculpture at various summer academies and institutions.

As a versatile sculptor, she creates figurative and abstract sculptures, including large formats, but also portraits. Mainly wood is used, but she also uses bronze, stone, concrete, clay, glass, and many more. At this year’s International Sculpture Symposium, the artist will create the sculpture called “Tanz eines Wirbelsturms”.