Sandra Zellweger, Information & Communication
Laila Capadrutt, Art & Education
Felix Stoffel, Founder of structuralism and structuristic artistic theory
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. She also designed communication-design concepts especially for structuristic teachers to use in their own schools.
L. Capadrutt (born 3 September 1980 in Thusis, Switzerland) completed training as a kindergarten teacher at the educational college in Chur, Switzerland.
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.
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 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.
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 2600 officially registered structuristic works (as of 2021) thus exist in 21 countries, which have been produced by different people of every age and background (around 600 so far) in this innovative technique.