Biography
Holtquist is a sculptor with an oriental art background. When working overseas, Holtquist was introduced to Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower composition.

"Of all the new cultural experiences that I gained during my stay in Tokyo, I was most fascinated to learn that the rank of a samurai warrior was determined in part by his ability to make a beautiful flower arrangement before a battle."

Greatly influenced by this philosophical tradition combining beauty and force, Holtquist incorporates the principles of Ikebana in his figurative sculptures of marble, bronze, and wood. With this oriental art understanding, he creates a unique tension of line, equilibrium, and movement that set his sculptures apart and define his artistic style.

Born in Minnesota, Holtquist is active in New York City and Pietrasanta (Lucca). His works are in foundations in the United States; in private collections in Europe, Japan, Canada and the US; and in an Italian museum.

Selected Exhibitions
2008   Galerie Mooiman, Groningen, The Netherlands
"Sacred Art", Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburg, PA
Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN
Galleria Frosecchi, Florence, Italy
2007   The Chapel of St. Mark, Pisa, Italy
Il Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
Galleria Frosecchi, Florence, Italy
Galleria Il Melone, Rovigo, Italy
Palazzo Correr, Venice, Italy
2006   Galleria Agorà, Massarosa (Lucca), Italy
K Space Art Studios, Corpus Christi, TX
2005   Caffè Arti e Mestieri, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Premio Mostra di Scultura da Interno Città di Massarosa (Lucca), Italy
2004   Galerie Faubourg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Piccolo Caffè, Firenze, Italy

Awards/Honors
Ministry & Liturgy 2007 Visual Art Awards – Sacred Art Category
Erotica 2006, K Space Art Studios, Corpus Christi, TX
Premio Mostra di Scultura da Interno Città di Massarosa (Lucca)
Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles
Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York City

Education
Ikebana Master, Sogetsu School, Tokyo
MBA - International Finance, New York University
BS - Business Administration, University of Kansas