“I have been a sculptor for almost 40 years, working with a variety of materials. My earlier works focused more on scientific topics, while they also addressed issues of social relevance.
I’ve recently become interested in themes that I discover in Buddhism. Finding a contemporary art vocabulary for those topics is what I’m attempting to do.
My most recent heart project is to bronze cast as many as possible life castings of Tibetan Buddhist masters for future generations. It makes a significant difference to see a master’s face up close, where you can see every pore. A photograph can never provide that. Simply said, confronting anything in three dimensions is a different experience.
Kalu Rinpoche was the first one I could convince and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche didn’t need more than 20 seconds to say yes when I asked him. I have done many moulds in my work but doing them from living masters is something very special to me.”
More than one hundred solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, Japan, China, Korea, Italy, Greece, Taiwan, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and others have featured Wolfgang Stiller’s work. His sculptures are included in numerous public and museum collections across the world.