Organisation

Management
Sandra Zellweger, Information & Communication
Laila Capadrutt, Art & Education
Felix Stoffel, Founder of structuralism and structuristic artistic theory

Affiliated companies
Atelier AS2, Anuscka Serra
Struktura Dom, Judith Capadrutt

Sandra Zellweger
Information & Communication

S. Zellweger (born 19 May 1971 in St. Gallen, Switzerland) initially completed training as a paediatric nurse at the St. Gallen children’s hospital, then spent several years completing further training in physiotherapy.

After gaining her Swiss Academic Baccalaureate and a few years working in commercial sectors (for example at the Swiss postal service, at Nokia AG and at Sorba EDV AG), she studied information analysis and gained a Masters of Science in this field at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

In 2000, Ms Zellweger founded the ARTISERVICIUM company, with which she made a name for herself in graphic design and organising art events. In 2002 she was the co-founder of the structuristic art centre Stoffel’s Arthouse in Bern. She organised various individual and collective exhibitions and developed marketing concepts for artists. Today she designs communication-design concepts especially for structuristic teachers to use in their own schools.

Laila Capadrutt
Art & Education

L. Capadrutt (born 3 September 1980 in Thusis, Switzerland) completed training as a kindergarten teacher at the educational college in Chur, Switzerland.
She worked initially as a nurse in the Surlej old people’s care home in Arosa. Next, she worked in various kindergartens in Germany and then became the manager of a day nursery in Munich.

Ms Capadrutt has been drawing ever since she was young, not least because of influences from her family. Her maternal great-grandfather, Valentin Coll, was a famous muralist in Austria, who concentrated primarily on still life and painting images of saints (he was thus involved in the restoration of the “Golden Roof”, one of Innsburck’s tourist attractions). Her maternal grandfather, Helmut Balzer, was also an artist, and created many landscapes. Her godmother, Iris Ramseier, drew comics, and her uncle, Hans Capadrutt’s pictures were exhibited several times in the Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur, Switzerland.
Consequently, she worked continuously on her own personal artistic expression (www.lailacapadrutt.com) for many years, which is demonstrated not least by the numerous successful assignments she has already completed. Thanks to her sophisticated technique, sometimes with a combination of structural paste and collage, she creates works which have a modern three-dimensional effect and yet communicate the spirit of the old masters. A typical characteristic of her enhanced structuristic style is that every single picture tells a complete story.
In parallel with this she uses her tireless imagination to draw profound, humorous, whimsical and sometimes even bizarre figures, with magnificent subtlety. These illustrations have already found great acclaim under the title “Drollypops”. Her figures are now very popular and can also be found in printed form on all sorts of objects and clothing. This universal artist even expertly makes artistic bags out of wood.
Even during her training as a day care worker, she started an apprenticeship in structuristic painting in the first structuristic lyceum in Chur. Thanks to her talent, but also thanks to her determination and motivation as a master student of the founder of Structurism, Felix Stoffel, she soon became his assistant.
After her diploma, she opened her own art school, ‘NARICA’ in Chur in 2001. After this, further openings followed in Bern and its surroundings, then in Munich, Kißlegg, Ottobeuren and Lindau.
Based on these experiences, she now successfully manages the entire artistic and educational organisation of this popular art movement in the Strukturistischen Zentrale in Hamburg.

Felix Stoffel
Founder of the theoretical foundation of STRUCTURISM and its practical application in Structuristic artistic theory.

F. Stoffel (born 16 November 1959 in Atlanta, USA) completed training as a medical hypnotherapist in Zurich and earned a doctorate with a dissertation on “The Interdisciplinary Analysis of Human Communication”. Initially he constructed and managed a seminar centre St. Gallen, then, after a long stay in Luxembourg, went on to open a practice for hypnotherapy and psychosomatic cause research in Graubünden, (co-author of “Moderne Suggestionsverfahren” (Modern Ways Of Suggestion), Springerverlag). In this context, he led courses and gave lectures for interdisciplinary communication analysis (such as at the Medical Centre in Bad Ragaz).
From the mid-90s, he began to devote himself to using the Internet for specific knowledge building. He completed further studies as a copywriter in Munich and was awarded a prize as a strategic planner (one of his information projects was supported by the state of Bavaria in 2005).
Today, he devotes himself especially to ChronoPsychoSomatics and pattern recognition in complex systems.
Mr Stoffel has recently moved to Hamburg with his family. Through his company Stoffelsconception, he has now been working for more than three decades on his artistic-philosophical work. During the second half of 2013, he opened a cultural concept called STRUCUBE, in order to motivated interested parties to actively think about the world and their future.

From an early age, Felix Stoffel felt that art was his calling. He learnt to paint from his maternal grandfather, William Dunkel, a former professor of architecture at the ETH Zurich. His father, Patrick Stoffel, made a name for himself manufacturing valuable decorative cloths (including with the writer Eugène Ionesco) and managed a gallery near Lake Constance with his younger brother and iron sculptor, Urs Stoffel, where well-known artists such as Max Bill were represented. His sister, Tatjana Stoffel, is an art therapist.
Even as a teenager, Mr Stoffel had a career as a caricaturist and illustrator, and then went on to become a successful painter. Numerous exhibitions earned him collectors both nationally and internationally.

In the mid-80s, with the philosophy of ‘STRUCTURISM’, he started to develop the foundations for the educationally and psychologically, as well as socio-economically oriented STRUCTURISTIC HANDICRAFT.

An enormous image organism has been growing under this label for years. More than 2400 officially registered structuristic works (as of 2014) thus exist in 20 countries, which have been produced by different people of every age and background (around 600 so far) in this innovative technique.
Mr Stoffel is thereby pursuing the social goal of linked consciousness via the medium of art, in accordance with a ‘social sculpture’, as once formulated by Joseph Beuys and as has already become self-evident in today’s era of virtual communities.

 

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