Bodo Muche Story
“I have made many sculptures and it always gives me great pleasure to hear from the persons who have taken one of my works into their homes or gardens or from whoever has seen one of my sculptures in public places. Many of our “clients” have become our friends and we thank them.
Our conservation and preservation efforts concern our local area, all wild places on land, in the sea and in the air.
Art in sculpture is an ever - evolving process. For the individual sculptor the reward is each new sculpture, which is created by using knowledge and expertise to further express the visual balance”
Bodo Muche was born in Radeberg, Saxony, Germany in 1939. A boyhood spent exploring Germany’s forests with his entomologist father, began a life long fascination with nature. Influences from the neighbouring cultural centre of Dresden fused his passion for nature with the arts. Trained under the masters of the Museum of Natural History, Berlin, his studies included zoological science, anatomy, art history and design, as well as all phases of sculpture and taxidermy. Inspiration was initiated by the bronze wildlife and pastoral sculptures by the 17th Century French school of naturalistic sculptors, "Les Animaliers". Realism formed the basis for an increasingly more interpretive approach to his later works.
He departed Berlin in 1958, traveling through Europe to Switzerland, gaining his degree from Freiberg University, Black Forest, as well as further occupational experience. Thereafter, began many years of travels and scientific expeditions throughout Africa. Residence and studios in Tanzania and Botswana over seventeen years provided a wealth of experience in all elements of sculpture, whilst fulfilling a passion to explore the wilderness and observe with insight, the nature of Africa's magnificent wildlife. It was during this time when the sight of a free jumping sailfish offshore the Seychelles inspired the first game fish sculpture.
Bodo and Robyn Muche's home and studio is located at "Mt Glenhowden" in Queensland, Australia, where surrounds of natural bushland and gardens planted to attract the prolific bird life has been the subject for a series of photographic children’s books by Bodo Muche. Home and travels continue to provide inspiration for his development as a contemporary naturalistic artist.