• Harmony within space

  • Thoughtful concept

  • Complex solution

  • Precise details

  • Beauty in the steel

  • Combining unexpected

    CHRISTINE HABERMANN VON HOCH

    artist & designer

    Operating internationally, her roots are German as well as Czech. She is known for her outstanding art and design works with the medium metal. Her work  combines elements of art, design, architecture and craft – based on her studies of visual art, German philology and literature, history of art, and on ancient technologies of craft and artistic metal processing which she was taught by her father Prof. Alfred Habermann (1930–2008), a master of blacksmithing. Her main expressive material is iron, with which she often experiments freely, developing new techniques of processing (e.g. metalldrawing), and combining it with different materials (e.g. paint, gold leaf, wood, glass). Her work is represented in private and public collections.

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    EDUCATION

    1999–2001 Sculpture school in Brunico – South Tirol/ Italy
    2001–2002 Bohemian Studies at the Palacký University in Olomouc
    2002–2007 Studies of visual art, German philology and literature, history of art at the Palacký University in Olomouc - Diplom- M.A.

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    Technische Universität Dresden – Germany
    Università degli Studi di Firenze – Italy
    Universität Wien – Austria
    Andrássy Universität Budapest – Hungary

    RESIDENCIES

    University of art&design, Kyoto – Japan

    PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Russia,
    Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland

    MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

    Lower Austria Art Collection
    Contemporary Art Collection Abbazia di Novacella
    Comenius Museum in Prerov

    My story

    I have iron in my blood. I was born in 1980 in Dačice and from my early childhood, I moved in the workshop of my father prof. Alfred Habermann. In 1985 we went to Germany, I grew up in Bavaria, often moving and traveling around the world (Italy, Israel, Japan, USA) because of my father's job.

    All my life revolves around art and craft.

    After graduation, I went to South Tyrol to study sculpture and woodcarving school, I gradually began to teach specialized courses in metal processing (e.g. repoussé and chasing) at Helfštýn Castle and abroad (Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, USA).

    I have always appreciated crafts, but I longed for an intellectual overlap, a comprehensive education that would allow me to broaden my horizons and create timeless works.

    At the age of 20, I decided to get acquainted with the Czech language and culture began studying it at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University in Olomouc, in order to get to know my roots better. The interest in literature, art and history of art led me to multidisciplinary studies at the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Education of Palacký University. During my studies, I went on scholarships in Dresden, Florence and Vienna. I owe these places and the people I met here a great inspiration.

    I finished my master's degree in 2007 (with a diploma thesis and sculpture realization Pars pro toto - Totum pro parte) and in the same year, I founded a studio in Austria. In addition to freelance work, I started to lead sculpture and blacksmith courses at the Lower Austrian Creative Academy. I had exhibitions in many European countries and outside Europe (USA).

    I have traveled all my life, now I enjoy living  in this beautiful country, where I devote my time to free and applied work and continue to work for foreign clients.

    I see as my mission the creation of valuable works in harmony with the environment. I put maximum in my work in order to leave a trace in people's hearts and imprint in space and time.