Baroque Viola by Matthias Kayssler, Tepoztlan, 2016.
Born in 1960 in Munich, Germany. Matthias Kayssler has always been fascinated by art and handcraft from the Renessaise and Baroque – as a visual expression of knowledge: science and philosophy manifested in art as shapes, colors and sounds.
In 1981 I he went to Italy to study – He began with the “Scuola d’Ebanisteria” in Verona – shapes, colors, varnishes and construction techniques of these eras, he became cabinetmaker and stayed 15 years in Italy, designing, restoring and building copies of prestigious old furniture for a sophisticated clientele …
Since he possessed the technical requirements, one day he built a violin. His searching and studies culminated finally in discovering that the art of instrument-making.
Since 2008 he has devoted himself exclusively to the study, construction and design of stringed instruments. An exciting and difficult task.
Contemporary important masters that have influenced in some way my process of development as instument-maker were: Dmitry Badiarov, Michael Rhonheimer and Keith Hill with his publication about area-tuning .
Matthias Kayssler’s work is characterized not only by his passion for aesthetic forms or by the profusion of his skills on building each part of an instrument that is developed and created in his workshop,but throughout his profound knowledge on the different types of woods, in it’s mechanical and organic characteristics, finding ways to respond to each element of this noble material.
In what I consider he is a master in his high school of cabinetmaker, not only in terms of his intense way of creating each stroke and carving throughout his gouges and in his varnishing work, but his incredible determination and purpose to achieve each instrument.He is specialized in the study of the baroque period, both classic and late and in the simplicity that knowledge of Biedermeier gives him.
All this coupled with the development on the field of study of acoustic relations in the Pythagorean system among other things.
My perception of his work is based not only on the criticism of the canon that Matthias Kayssler amplies more than satisfied, it is the admiration of the powerful efforts to create each piece and not just the mathematical rigor of this trade, but by the amazing ability to put the heart and hands in the passion of this art.
ERNESTO RONDERO, BOWMAKER
83.5 × 31 × 19 cm
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