Andrew Steiner’s career as a sculptor spans over forty years in Adelaide, covering a range of skills and underpinned by an aesthetic and humane vision. He was a post-war migrant, arriving here from Hungary as a teenager in 1948 and after his studies he working in theatre, taking up woodcarving in 1973.
Initially, his approach was mainly as a carver of 3D biomorphic shapes, unlocking aesthetically pleasing forms in his chosen pieces of wood. Over the years he has become especially fond of the discarded limbs of Tasmanian Huon pine, although Blackwood features prominently too, and his skills have developed in bronze and metal and in works that rely on found objects.
Steiner is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of RSASA and is a Past President. He was awarded an OAM for his work in the community, teaching about the Holocaust and trying his best to sew seeds in the minds of young people about the dangers of authoritarian impulses in politics and the inevitable inhuman outcomes of spreading hatred and division. He is a true multiculturalist and internationalist.
In 2006 and 2007 he took a solo exhibition of recent and retrospective works to the RSASA Gallery and Gallery M at Marion in Adelaide. He has undertaken numerous sculptural and leadlight commissions in his local community, as well as interstate and overseas, including his Remember The Holocaust I and II, memorials to the victims of the Holocaust for the Jewish Holocaust Museum in Melbourne and the Memorial Museum of Hungarian-Speaking Jewry in Safed, Israel.