The Stuflesser Team
We perform as an orchestra – with conductor.
Filip Stuflesser - Owner, carved in 1976
Filip Stuflesser was born in Bolzano in 1976. He attended various schools in Italy, Austria and the USA, where he developed his language skills and became acquainted with other cultures. Filip has been an important member in the operation since 1999. Filip is very talented in planning and projecting the church interiors, as he is a skilled artist with very good taste, who never disregards the "religious functionality" either. He is very dynamic and always open to new challenges. Filip means constancy for Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875.
DDr. Robert Stuflesser - Owner, carved in 1980
Robert was born in Bolzano in 1980. He was educated in Italy, Austria and Australia where he was also able to establish international relationships. Robert’s fantasy and business acumen has been giving the operation an extra edge since 2003. Due to his creativity, he is always searching for new challenges and future-oriented possibilities to create a perfect customer experience. Robert is responsible for the customer service, the website and the trade fair participation. Robert means creativity for Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875.
Dr. Daniel Quitta - Right hand, carved in 1975
Daniel was born in Bolzano in 1975. He was educated at the University of Economics in Trento, Italy. After successfully completing his studies, he worked as a painter and gilder for four years, which allowed him to gather valuable experience. Daniel has been working in the operation since 2007 and is very successful in the fields of restoration and customer consulting. Moreover, his technical expertise enables him to find a solution to every problem and he is also the contact person on logistical issues. Daniel means reliability for Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875.
Marco Wanker - New energy, carved in 1993
Marco was born in Bolzano in 1993 and was educated in Italian schools. He has been in the operation since 2013 and is responsible for the customer care and the graphic layout. Due to his interest in photography and photographic editing, he is the contact person for photomontages, which enable customers to better envisage their personal works prior to creation. Marco means innovation for Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875.
Artists and Artisans
The Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875 team consists of several different professional fields, ranging from sculptor to painter and from gilder to carpenter and wrought-iron blacksmith. All these artisans and artists play a very important role in the design and production of various works. Particularly in the case of altars, the deployment of almost every employee is demanded. Depending on the field of work (whether an altar, a statue or a restoration has been ordered), various artisans are deployed whose work has to be coordinated with each other. The coordination of the often complex work processes is assumed by project managers, who are in direct contact with the customers, thus building the bridge between the customers and the various artists. The project managers are also in charge of the consultation on and planning of the various projects, which range from a 20 cm statue to large altars and entire church interiors. The project managers are responsible for the work and try, in conjunction with the respective artists, to implement all the customers’ wishes and requests.
All artists and artisans working together with Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875 were educated in various schools of art or vocational schools and have many years of experience as well as a professional diploma.
This is the Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875 team:
Sculptor: The sculptor, also known as carver or woodcarver, is an artist who produces figures made of solid materials, such as wood, stone or marble. From the very beginning all statues are made entirely by hand, thus resulting in the creation of unique artistic pieces. The sculptor also models statues in clay which are then cast in bronze with the system of lost wax.
Decorative sculptor: Like the sculptor, the decorative carver is as well an artist who works with solid materials. However, the decorative sculptor specializes in the carving of ornaments, decorative trimmings, crowns and decorations in general.
Painters: The painters design and paint the statues and altars and, depending on their individual fields of specialization, perform restorations as well.
Restorer: The restorer specializes in interventions aimed at conserving the work or statue. A distinction is made between integrative and conservative restoration: this varies from one order to the next.
Gilder: The gilder is the artist who coats the objects with a layer of gold. For this purpose, Ferdinand Stufelsser’s gilders use real (23 carat) gold. There are several different techniques of applying gold to a statue, altarpiece or any other object.
Carpenters: Carpenters are artisans who produce furniture and interiors, including church interiors, made of wood. Carpenters are helpful in the creation of altars, ambos, lecterns and other items of furniture for churches. Furthermore, they also produce customized boxes, which are used for packaging the works of art: as the works have no standard dimensions, a specifically dimensioned box is produced for every statue shipped.
Mosaic artists: These artists, also known as mosaicists, design mosaics. Various materials and techniques can be used for this purpose, which can be tailored to meet the customers’ individual needs and wishes.
Wrought-iron blacksmiths, (wood) turners, goldsmiths, ... Other artisans who assist in designing the works are wrought-iron blacksmiths who produce crowns, crooks, lilies and other accessories made of metal, (wood) turners, goldsmiths and even more artisans who are needed for specific tasks.