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Fritz Maierhofer


1941 Born in Vienna

1955 Began a traditional goldsmith apprenticeship with Anton Heldwein, a well known jeweller in Vienna
1965 Took charge of running the workshop
1966 Took the diploma
1967 Went to London and worked there for Andrew Grima. Was in charge of making a watch collection for Omega which was exhibited at Goldsmiths Hall in 1970 and also shown in several other countries
1969 Began to work free-lance in London, started to experiment with acrylic in combination with gold and silver
1970 Returned to Vienna and had his first exhibition in Salzburg
1971 Made the first object in acrylic and brass
1972 Wall objects in acrylic and aluminium
1974 Took part in a steel symposium; third object in steel and acrylic
1975 Bought a farmhouse near Artstetten in Lower Austria, restored it and built his studio there
1977 Worked on "metal drawings" in silver and gold
1979 Furniture designs in cooperation with Wiener Damaszierkunst in Vienna (tables and screens)
1980 Began to experiment with jewellery in tin and gold
1985 Opened a workshop and gallery in Vienna together with three other artists, used for seminars and as an „Intensivworkshop“
1986 Designed a fountain sculpture for the council square in Kagran, Vienna
1987 Temporarily went back to London following an invitation of the Sir John Cass College of Art and started to work on forms and structures in gold and silver inspired by the building sites in the City. This work is exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Guest lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Epsom College
1988 Returned to Austria
1989 Received the Carinthian Private Galleries Award and held tutorial lectures at the Royal College of Art, London
1990 Austrian Design Award acknowledgement
1991 - 1998 Directed the jewellery design workshop, Akademie Graz
1993 Monumental jewellery sculpture for the Villa de Bondt, Gent
1994 Galerie Ibo, Klagenfurt
1995 Galerie Tiller, Vienna
1996 Galerie V & V, Vienna
1997 "Jewellery up to the present day", a solo exhibition at Looshaus, Vienna
1998 "Jewellery Moves", National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
"The Ring", Künstlerhaus, Vienna
1999 Initiative of "Turning – Point", an exhibition of 41 austrian jewellery artists
2000 Galerie Slavik, Vienna; Galerie 422, Gmunden
2001 "Radiant Geometries", American Craft Museum, New York
2002 "Jewellery in Painting", Mobilia Gallery, U.S.A.
Galerie Stühler, Berlin
Austria Center, Vienna
Acquisitions of Museums and Collections
Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Ministry of Art and Education, Vienna

Government of Lower Austria
Jewellery Museum Pforzheim
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Goldsmiths Hall, London
National Museum of Scotland
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Dannerstiftung, Munich
Royal College of Art - Study Collection
Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Sammlung Inge Asenbaum, Vienna
Helen Drutt Collection, Philadelphia and in various private collections


1972 Prize from the Viennese Art Foundation
Prize at the International Jewellery Competition in the Jewellery Museum Pforzheim
1976 Scholarship from the Ministry of Art and Education, Vienna
1981 Prize "Diamanten heute", Munich
1986 - 87 Research Fellowship of the Sir John Cass College of Art, London
1987 Prize at "Jablonec 87"
1990 Austrian Design Award Acknowledgement