Ulrich Bernardi

Ulrich Bernardi was born in 1925 in Ortisei / Val Gardena.

He derives from an old Ladin family. The paternal ancestors were shoemakers, the maternal altar and wood sculptors. As a sprout of a 10-member family, he spends rather barren years of youth, because only the most necessary is available.

Already in his earliest youth, his grandmother as a sculptor would be his inspiration. The young Ulrich often sees his grandmother at work and his goal is to learn this art himself. As he shows great dexterity in drawing, Ulrich Bernardi after the elementary school visits the school of arts in St. Ulrich, where his extraordinary talent is soon revealed. Under the guidance of Prof. Ludwig Moroder and Raimund Mureda, he is trained in drawing, modeling and wood sculpting.

Having spent three years at the school to learn the basics, Ulrich Bernardi started his apprenticeship with master carver Hermann Kostner. For the first time, he encounters the field, which from then on is the most intense passion and joy to him: the carving of nativity scenes.
After two years, his master eventually suggests that it was now time for Ulrich Bernardi to open his own workshop. This praise, which is more powerful tha