(b. 1962, Germany)
Florian Wozniak was born in Hanover, Germany in 1962. He spent his childhood in Germany and India before moving to South Africa. In 1986 he graduated with a BA in Fine Art, majoring in sculpture from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Wozniak continued his studies in Europe studying lithography at the Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria, and carving marble at the Studio Carlo Nicoli in Carrara, Italy.
In 1989 he was employed as a sculptor and stonemason in Winterthur, Switzerland. In the early 1990’s, he earned practical experience while he furthered his studies in stone carving and other sculpture techniques such as bronze casting at the Bildhauerschule Mullheim, Switzerland. During this time, he was employed as a technical assistant and tutor at the Bildhauerschlile Mullheim, supervising and mentoring their student’s artistic development.
From 1992 he has worked independently as a contemporary artist in South Africa. Working primarily in bronze the artist's smooth, figurative forms feel rooted to the earth and convey a powerful serenity. His sculptures are by turns tender and endearing, playful and witty; his characters often evoking pathos or humour.
Wozniak has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at Everard Read locally and abroad. His sculptures form part of many local and international public and private collections.
Bronze, Steel, Stone & Bone, Everard Read, London, UK
SUMMER, Everard Read, London, UK
Southern Aspect - A Group Exhibition, Everard Read, London, UK
100 Centenary Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
15th Anniversary, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Newtown Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa
McHardy Sculpture Company, London, UK
Art Centre Group, London, UK
L. Dippenaar (private collection), Johannesburg, South Africa
Gencor Collection, Johannesburg
St Andrew's Church, Zurich
T. J. Wolfensberger, Mont sur Rolle, Switzerland
R. Leaf, London
Studio Carlo Nicoli, Carrara, Italy