Joachim Kreitmair was born in West-Germany in 1960. He began sculpting in river-stone and timber mid-1970s, later restoring farmhouse furniture then designing and making contemporary furniture. After visiting New Zealand in 1993 he and his wife sold up and moved to a new life in New Zealand. Kreitmar now focuses on making abstract art (sculptures, installations, paintings) drawing inspiration from life’s infinite beauty and variety. He uses various materials including corten steel, stainless steel, copper, bronze and stone, aiming to provide an uplifting experience. He regards his artwork’s outer form as the doorway to a deeper experience from his work. He says his design and fabrication process draws on inherent qualities of his materials. Since 1997 Kreitmar has contributed to many major shows, including the Norsewear Art Award, Saatchi Art and Sculpture OnShore. He was a finalist in the Northland Art Award, 2013. Kreitmar’s work is held in private collections locally as well as internationally, and has featured in numerous publications such as NZ House and Garden and Savvy magazines.