In May Hofer’s works, the experiences of her eventful path of life are condensed into poetic worlds of images. The memories of childhood in southern Poland, the multi-layered Slavic culture and the proximity to Eastern Judaism flow into her colorful picture carpets and enamel works. In doing so, she always pays attention to material-supplied design – be it in the textile applications that she develops without previous design in free arranging, assembling and overlapping, as well as with the rare technique of Russian net enamel, which allows her to integrate transparency and spatial effect into her works. Also her fashion drawings, which date back to her studies, testify the feel for different cultural influences, the extravagance and the spirit of the art scene of the Viennese secession.
Born in 1896 in Chybi near Krakow.
1914-18 Visit of the School of Applied Arts in Vienna: courses in textile art, ceramics and fashion drawing.
1919 Marriage to the South Tyrolean architect and designer Anton Hofer; relocation to Bolzano.
For a few years management of a guesthouse built according to plans of Anton Hofer in Miramare near Rimini; after returning to Bolzano, studio in Leonardo da Vinci Street.
Dies in Bolzano in 2000.
Various awards including the 1st Prize for Textile Works at the 1928 World Exhibition in Paris or the award of the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art in 1988.
Dominikanergalerie, Bolzano; Galerie Goethe, Bolzano; Galerie Prisma, Bolzano; Galerie St. Florin, Fr. Eccel, Bolzano; Tiroler Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck; Galerie im Ecksaal/Johanneum, Graz; Stadtgalerie Passau; Neue Galerie, Munich; Galerie Maier, Innsbruck.
World Exhibition in Paris 1928 together with Anton Hofer; Pavilion of the Vienna Workshops; Galerie Aichinger, Munich; Galerie Goethe, Bolzano; Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum, Linz.