Wood as organic material has a life of its own. Zoyt, who shapes his figures straight out of the trunk, is well aware of that: "With each wooden sculpture I start virtually from scratch", he describes his work. Using organic material also means that he has to make compromises or sometimes even begin entirely afresh. Zoyt saws, rasps, cuts and sands his sculptures out of wood and on many of them he accentuates particular features with colors. By doing so, he has developed his own form language, which makes his sculptures unique.
He draws his artistic inspiration from the early work of the French sculptor Aristide Maillol. On one hand, Zoyt´s sculptures are realistic and capture anatomic details. But he also likes to play with physical proportions, which creates immediacy as well as remote raptures. Occasionally, he shapes tableaus that tell stories, for instance about a "sudden tiredness" or a woman who meets a man with a dog. The tales, sentiments and thoughts, which Zoyt expresses with his sculptures, are simple, almost archaic and as such instantly move and touch us.
Zoyt was born as Hans-Peter Conen in Vancouver/Canada in 1957. He has worked as a freelance artist since 1985. He now lives in Babitz, in Brandenburg/Germany and has had numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad.