Franz Xaver Ölzant


English, German, 2015

Essays by Silvie Aigner, Elisabeth Voggeneder and Alexandra Schantl; Reprints by Horst Appel, Rainer Fuchs, Otmar Rychlik and Peter Weiermair;

Will be published in April 2015.

Edited by Alexandra Schantl

Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld
Cover: Softcover with flaps, bound
Format:approx. 21,00 × 26,00 cm
Illustrations: with numerous illustrations
ISBN 978-3-7356-0099-8

This monograph offers the first comprehensive overview of the work of sculptor Franz Xaver Ölzant. Born in 1934, the artist is a leading figure in Austrian sculpture, with a status comparable to that of his artist friends Bruno Gironcoli and Walter Pichler.
Ölzant’s works show a very early international orientation. From the 1960s onward, the artist became increasingly engaged with biomorphic forms, using an additive method that combined these with the rhythm of ornament and elements of the figurative. The attempt to transfer complex processes of nature into the realm of art, and translate them into an abstract visual language, has been a central aspect of his work ever since, reflecting a constant interplay of idea, process and form. Franz Xaver Ölzant’s oeuvre is characterized by both formal diversity and an openness to various materials.