(b. 1962, Hanover, Germany)
Florian Wozniak was born in Hanover, Germany in 1962. He spent his childhood in Germany, India and then in South Africa. In 1982 to 1986 he studied sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting, history of art, art criticism, German and religious studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. In 1986 he graduated with a BA in Fine Art, majoring in sculpture. From 1987 to 1988 Wozniak studied and travelled throughout Europe. He attended a course in lithography at the Internationale Sommerakademie Salzburg, Austria, and carving marble at Studio Carlo Nicoli in Carrera, Italy.
In 1989 he was employed as a sculptor/stonemason in Winterthur, Switzerland. From 1990 to 1991 he earned practical experience while he furthered his studies in stone carving and other sculpture techniques, e.g. bronze casting at the Bildhauerschule Mullheim, Switzerland. He attended a school for advanced studies in sculpture, as well as attending other courses in related fields such as drawing, morphology, ceramic art and art history.
In 1991 he was employed as a technical assistant and tutor at the Bildhauerschlile Mullheim, Switzerland, This included the supervision and guidance of students with respect to their artistic development and giving classes in life drawing. From 1992 to 1997 he worked independently as a sculptor in Johannesburg with frequent assignments and travels throughout South Africa, Europe and USA.
In 1993 and 1997 he participated in the Sculpture Symposium Littenheid in Switzerland. He has enjoyed successful solo and group exhibitions in South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. His sculptures form part of many local and international public and private collections.
Studio Carlo Nicoli, Carrara, Italy
100 Centenary Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
15th Anniversary, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Newtown Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa
McHardy Sculpture Company, London, UK
Art Centre Group, London, UK
L. Dippenaar (private collection), Johannesburg, South Africa
Gencor Collection, Johannesburg
St Andrew's Church, Zurich
T. J. Wolfensberger, Mont sur Rolle, Switzerland
R. Leaf, London