Biography


biographyAndreas von Zadora-Gerlof is recognised today as the world's foremost gem stone artist (otherwise known as glyptics) an ancient art with its roots in pre - Babylonian/Mesopotamian times. From this artistic foundation Zadora has created a world class workshop that has mastered practically every technique required to produce the amazing cross section of commissions his patrons bring to his atelier.

Zadora's path to his present career proves the saying 'fact is often stranger than fiction.' A hunting accident at the age of 12 threatened to paralyse his right hand and therefore his father devised an ingenious form of physiotherapy by arranging to apprentice Zadora with a close friend and noted Haida totemic engraver and sculptor.

His teacher, Gordon Cross is still today renowned as a great artist among the Haida peoples. Through this therapeutic learning process, Zadora first discovered his faculty to "form - feel," the ability to visualise, create and sculpt in three dimensions and came to the conclusion his calling and life's work was to reflect the beauty of nature in all its forms.

His father was unconvinced and considered his son's love of art, a hobby to be enjoyed at best. Three years of study in a military school in the United States (advocated by his father as part of a long family tradition) convinced Andreas to nonetheless follow his dream of expressing his art in precious substances. He struck out on his own and devoted himself to an eight year quest of mastering the intriguing and fascinating old world techniques from the masters of the art forms both in Europe and the Americas.

In many ways, von Zadora's career in decorative arts has paralleled those of the historic ateliers of Johan Melchior Dinglinger, Benvenoto Cellini and Peter Carle Faberge rather than any modern day jeweller. His private relationships with his patrons throughout the world make him a unique contributor to contemporary art history, undoubtedly influential, although rarely in public view.

Over the years von Zadora-Gerlof and his team have created bespoke art, unparalled jewellery, watches, objects de vertu, precious architectural installations as well as automatons and timespieces for a delighted carriage trade clientele worldwide.

The first American exhibition of the artist's work was presented at the Forbes Magazine Galleries in New York in November 1992 for the benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the New York Historical Society.

His second exhibition in October 1995 was held at the Park Avenue Armoury for the benefit of the Wildlife Conservation Society and in April 1996, a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Forbes Magazine Galleries (sole exhibit) to benefit the American Friends of English Heritage.

Later in 1996 and 1997 Zadora held a one man show at the Park Avenue Armoury in New York City to enthusiastic public and critical acclaim.

In June 2007, Zadora was hosted at the Hamilton Gallery in London for a month long exhibit and sale of his sculpted gemstone skull collection entitled: "Memento Mori."