Karlheinz Oswald

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Karlheinz Oswald (* 1958 in Worms ) is a German sculptor . He lives and works in Zurich and Locarno .

education and profession

Gutenberg at the press, Karmeliterplatz , Mainz

Karlheinz Oswald completed a degree in sculpture from 1981 to 1990 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz with Professors Werner Durth (* 1949), Heinz Hemrich (1923–2009) and Peter Lörincz (* 1938). Between 1983 and 1988 he already worked in the studio community Römerberg of the sculptor Professor Thomas Duttenhoefer , Wiesbaden.

For metal castings of figures, portraits and reliefs as the first works in public space, he received the 1984 Art Prize of the Südliche Weinstrasse, Landau. In 1985 he was awarded the Daniel Henry Kahnweiler Prize from the Kahnweiler Foundation, Rockenhausen . In the following year Oswald received a grant from Johannes Gutenberg University and the Gutenberg grant from the city of Mainz. At the Landau Art Association he received 1st prize for his work Lesson of Silence .

In 1987 he became a Mainz city printer and made a study trip to Rome. In 1988 he began dancer studies and made his first dancer sculptures. At the International Sculptor Symposium in Dreieich, he presented the first glass windows in 1989. In 1990 he was awarded the Mainzer Wirtschaft Kulturfonds .

In 1989 he opened his own workshop in the historic Valentin Barth sculptor's studio in Goldenbrunnengasse in the old town of Mainz , which he ran for two years until 1991. In 1991 Oswald received the sponsorship award from Sport-Toto-GmbH Rhineland-Palatinate, combined with a study trip to New York. There Oswald studied dancer at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater .

In 1994 he made a study trip to Florence and Verona, in 1996 he studied dancer at the ballet of the German State Opera Unter den Linden , Berlin.

In 2009 Karlheinz Oswald received the art prize of the Ike and Berthold Roland Foundation.

Karlheinz Oswald was best known for his sculptures cast in iron .

Working in public space

Hermann Cardinal Volk , bronze sculpture on the square named after him in Mainz
Primera, Luisenpark, Mannheim


  • 1987 Daniel-Henry-Kahnweiler-Haus, Rockenhausen
  • 1988 Gutenberg Museum, Mainz
  • 1990 Elmshorn Art Association
  • Limburg art collections
  • 1993 Dom-Museum, Frankfurt
  • Diocesan Museum, Limburg
  • Hellweg Museum, Unna
  • 1996 German State Opera Unter den Linden, Berlin
  • Gallery Depelmann, Langenhagen
  • Zulauf Gallery, Freinsheim
  • IAC Gallery, Wiesbaden
  • 1998 State Representation for Rhineland-Palatinate, Brussels
  • 1999 Galerie Française, Munich
  • 2016 Galerie Rother Winter, Wiesbaden
  • 2016 Ponte Tresa, Riva Bella Art Gallery, Lugano (Ticino)


  • Ludwig Harig: town clerk Ludwig Harig - town printer Karlheinz Oswald. In: Mainz, a moving city. Schmidt, Mainz 1989, ISBN 3-87439-184-1 .
  • Karl Heinz Oswald, Hans-Jürgen Imiela , Hargen Depelmann, Ina Celmer: Karlheinz Oswald. Plastic work 1984–1995. Ed.-Verlag, Langenhagen 1996, ISBN 3-928330-15-2 .
  • Gottfried Borrmann: The first Mainz city printer. In: City of Mainz (ed.): Quarterly books for culture, politics, economy, history. Issue 2, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz 1988.

Individual evidence

  1. Jochen Kronjäger, Christmut Präger (ed.): Figure and abstraction: sculptures and sculptures from the Heinrich Vetter collection. Ilvesheim 2007.
  2. http://www.mainz.de/WGAPublisher/online/html/default/ekog-8l7kea.de.html ( Memento from June 6, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  3. In Christian tradition ( Memento from June 6, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), public relations work of the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg
  4. Annual program of the Diocese Academy Erbacher Hof presented. In: images.google.de. Retrieved November 23, 2016 .
  5. Unveiling Ceremony 19 January 2015 @ Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. In: www.pirzia.org. Retrieved November 23, 2016 .
  6. FOCUS Online: Hanns Dieter Hüsch immortalized in bronze . In: FOCUS Online . ( focus.de [accessed on November 23, 2016]).
  7. Pontifical request on the second anniversary of the death of Bishop Dr. Franz Xaver Eder | Diocese of Passau. In: www.bistum-passau.de. Retrieved November 23, 2016 .
  8. Newsdetail - Universitätsmedizin Mainz - 165. In: www.unimedizin-mainz.de. Retrieved November 23, 2016 .
  9. Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main GmbH & Co. KG: Mainzer Automobil Club commemorates Formula 1 driver Jochen Rindt, who had a fatal accident in 1970 with a bust of Oswald . ( Allgemeine-zeitung.de [accessed on November 23, 2016]).
  10. https://www.volksfreund.de/region/bitburg/berliner-bibliothek-wird-nach-ex-brauereichef-simon-benannt_aid-7061839
  11. Archdiocese of Hamburg: iron steles remind of Lübeck martyrs
  12. ^ Exhibitions - Galerie Rother Winter in Wiesbaden (ARTfilo powered). In: www.rother-winter.de. Retrieved November 23, 2016 .
  13. Mostra di scultura e pittura "La vita e il tempo" | Lugano Tourism. (No longer available online.) In: www.luganoturismo.ch. Archived from the original on November 23, 2016 ; accessed on November 23, 2016 .

Web links

Commons : Karlheinz Oswald  - Collection of images, videos and audio files