Biography

Biography

Metzler was born 1941 in Balgach, St. Gallen. Soon he wanted to become an artist.

Because Metzler’s Mother said, sculptor was an unstable business, he began to be an architectural draftsman, decorator and photographer.

In 1958, he enrolled himself to the „Schule für Gestaltung“, in Zurich. He got his sculptor’s diploma in 1963. In 1964 he travelled to the USA and lived in New York for a few years.

Back in Switzerland, he made an apprenticeship at a car body tinsmith’s to learn the art of blacksmithing. Then he worked with and for other sculptors and painters as Larry Rivers, Jim Dine and in 1970, he bought a house in Tremona (Canton of Tessin, Switzerland).

There, his first big sculpture were made. During these times, Metzler got his first orders and had multiple exhibitions. Another voyage through the USA followed. In 1976, he took part at the “International Sculptors Congress“ in New Orleans.

In 1989 he opened up an atelier in Tillson, New York, where he created works for exhibitions in New York and Long Island. He went to Italy, where he started to work and live in Iesa near Siena, with Claudia, his wife. Today, he lives in Tuscany and in Zurich. The garden around his property is now populated with about 50 characters and is also like the garden of Daniel Spoerri and the Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle, an Artists’ Garden in Tuscany,movement which became known as Arte Ambientale.
From this period are numerous monumental works in public spaces. The sculptures are located in Australia, Germany and the United States.

1996 he exhibited at the Baths of Caracallain Rome, in 1997 in Siena and in 2003 in Milan. In 2006, a selection of his works at the Park Hotel on the Bürgenstock and on the Lake Lucerne too. In the same year he participated at the 3rd Swiss Sculpture Triennale in Bad Ragaz and Vaduz, for which he was the artistic director in the first 2 exhibitions.

From July to October he took part in the:”Bella Estate Dell’Arte of Milan”,showing a traveling exhibition “Nevrotici Metropolitani” at the Milan Central Station square. The exhibition was curated by art critic Vittorio Sgarbi and praised by Milan mayor Letizia Moratti.

For Christmas 2009, Metzler, collocated his touring exhibition “Nevrotici Metropolitani” into the “Piazza Basilica Inferiore” in Assisi. In July 2009 in collaboration with Gallery Belvedere Singapore,he designed the sculpture group “Urban People” an exciting and iconic public art installation in the heart of Orchard Road, in front of the ION Orchard and The Orchard Residences in Singapore.

End of summer he participated at the Concert For Viareggio as the only sculptor, with 5 of his works beneath the stage. The idea came from Zucchero “Sugar” Fornaciari, the headliner of the evening along with many other artists and celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment.

In occasion of the Teatro del Silenzio,the worldwide famous Andrea Bocelli concert ,which took place on July 25th 2010 ,he created the stunning 14 meter monumental sculpture of a modernistic star as well as the metallic human figures in bright crayola colors that peopled the stone walls of the openair theatre, and also graced the rooftops and piazzas in Lajatico.

His opinionated sculptures are made of materials that are heavy, but seem to be light when seen in the definitve work (Marble, Bronze, Iron, Aluminium). Sometimes, the materials are bare, but often they are painted unicolored with a rather violent color.

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