Stunningly Life-Like Figures Hand Carved from Wood by Peter Demetz

Italian artist Peter Demetz brings ordinary wood to life with his incredible, hand-carved figures. The sculptures, which vary in size from about 20 inches to nearly 50 inches tall, feature men, women, and children standing still against a plain, sometimes-colored background. Demetz's attention to detail is awe-inspiring. He's able to shape tiny folds in clothing, reproduce loose strands of hair, and define the human anatomy so well that you'd think these figures really exist.

In addition to the stunning meticulousness of his craft, Demetz's sculptures are also conceptually intriguing. The figures' backs are often turned away from us as they stare at the ground. It's here that we've caught them in contemplative, in-between moments, like before you begin to speak or just as you're about to enter a room. As a result, Demetz's works feel poignant. They aren't necessarily sad, but their body language evokes a sense of longing, loss, or a fleeting period in time.

Peter Demetz website
via [Reddit and Tutt'Art]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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