Karl Fritsch (b. 1963 in Sonthofen, Germany) is a jeweller whose craft has been defined as “artistic intervention.” Fritsch often uses existing pieces as a starting place — removing or replacing the stones, recasting the settings, oxidizing the metal, to create wholly unique and inspired renovations of traditional jewelry.
Fritsch studied at the Goldsmiths’ College in Pforzheim and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He was the recipient of the Herbert Hoffman Prize from the International Craftsmen Trade Fair in Munich and the Most Promising Award for Applied Art from the City of Munich.
Fritsch’s work is included in several important European museums such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Art and Crafts) in Hamburg. His work is also collected by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and MOMA New York
Karl lives and works in Island Bay, Wellington New Zealand.