Nando Kallweit is a renowned German sculptor who specializes in creating unique sculptures using bronze and oak. His passion for sculpting began at a young age when he was inspired by a bust of Nefertiti that he saw in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kallweit was able to travel to Egypt and see his inspiration in person, which fueled his passion for sculpting even more.
Kallweit uses the “lost wax process” to create his sculptures, which involves creating a cast and pouring bronze into it. This technique allows Kallweit to create intricate and finely detailed sculptures in both large and small scales and has created installations that are fully immersive.
The sculptor is inspired by seemingly disparate cultures. The strength of ancient Egyptian sculptures, the dynamic forms of the modern Cubist movement, and an observation of contemporary life are all seen in aspects of his sculptures. Combined with a considerate approach, Kallweit renders archaic materials, such as blackened oak and bronze, with a palpable sensitivity.
Kallweit's work has been exhibited across Europe and the United States, and his sculptures can be found in several permanent collections.