Holger Christian Lönze was born in Schmallenberg, Westphalia, Germany in 1968. He trained as a furniture maker before studying architecture in Detmold and lithography and sculpture in Belfast, where he also completed a DPhil applying gestalt psychology to the perception of time in art. While researching design-for-sustainability for The Eden Project in Cornwall, he became interested in the ecological aspects of many Irish craft traditions and curachs in particular. Holger works and lives near Schull in West Cork.
Most of Holger’s sculpture work centres around the interaction of people with their cultural and natural environments, with the sea being a recurring theme. He usually works in bronze, often using Bronze-Age casting methods to produce his work. Drawing and lithographic work complements his sculpture practice. Besides his work as a sculptor, Holger also makes traditional Irish curachs and delivers courses on bronze casting and traditional crafts. Recent public commissions include works for Portrush East Strand, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Lough Gur and N7/M7 Tunnel, both Co. Limerick with Deiseal and Maghery, Co. Armagh. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and Britain and has work in private and public collections.