Italian artist Peter Demetz has a gift for breathing life into wood, a material that seems hard and lifeless to most of us. His wooden sculptures of people are flawlessly life-like.

Demetz’s precise and perfect mastery of human anatomy makes his sculptures look like paintings or sketches, and his wonderful compositions and sense of perspective help perpetuate this illusion. The grain of the wood and its warm colors, however, give them a tactile appearance that would be difficult to fake with paint.

Read on to see his responses to Bored Panda’s questions about his work!

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I think there is so much what we communicate with our body, our posture, our individual motions,” Peter Demetz told Bored Panda

“People tell us a lot about their emotional status through their figures. This is what inspires me”

“I love using waiting, looking or reflecting people because they tell no stories, they give us a perception of the soul”

“When they are watching an empty wall or a horizon without landscapes, we, like an audience, can imagine ourselves in the scene”

“I feel like my works are an invitation to enter the worlds of these people. To follow them in their own worlds”

“I use limewood. The sculptures take me from a few weeks to a few months depending on the size and composition”

Thank you, Peter Demetz, for answering our questions about your work!