Friedrich Sebastian Feichter was born in 1962 in Luttach, attended the Wood carving school in St Jacob, studied sculpture at the Höheren Technischen Lehranstalt in Graz. He lives and works as a free lance sculptor in Luttach.
His unusual, in the true sense of the word “fantastic”, sculptured beings, the “Homo Solaris” made Friedrich internationally famous. In the contemporary art scene these objects are a long established concept and are marvelled in many places. Whether on a mountain summit, the Passo Valparola in the Dolomites, in the Art Center Berlin or in the baroque hall of Castle Mochental a centre for modern art.
Feichter’s “Sonnenmenschen” (sun people), his larger than life sculptures made of lime tree wood, painted with acrylic paint or covered with small silvery iron leaves are impressive. At art exhibitions and in galleries, at home and abroad they tell of other ionic forms. Of harmonic consonance. And not least of visionary work with wood, of visionary sculpture.
The torso of these “Homo Solaris”, mostly organic capsule like and inflated or scythe formed and taut, also shield-like concave and inwardly curved wants to escape the force of gravity. Wants to free itself of material. Not only the elegantly formed trunk-legs maintain contact with the ground. Graceful and snake-like thin. Even fragile. Fascinating in contrast with to body volume.
Thereby Feichter wants to his art to be understood as a conveyor of the language of form. A form language of nature which can be experienced and imagined, which he considers to a be a language of communication per se. We, the observers, have only to recognise and watch – and enthuse, about things like “the perfect form”. In its timeless grandeur. Filled with light. Of spirits. Perhaps also beyond the capacity of our imagination.
Feichter’s technically perfectly created works amaze us. Not only how the artist succeeds, with his sculptures to apparently defy the laws of gravity. Our vision must adjust to new intensity. Has to set itself to new perfection and spiritual horizons.