Hubert Kamptner works from his home studio in Lake Tahoe, Northern California where he builds Christkindl Nativity Scenes in the Austrian tradition of the towns of Christkindl and Steyr.
He was born in Enns, Austria which is only a short distance away from the towns where the original Christkindl nativity scenes were created in the 18th century.
His love of making these scenes stems from his youth when he was taught the skills of creating these crèches by his Mother, at her kitchen table at home in Austria. Each scene tells a story and is an expression of the artist’s understanding of the traditional ways of life during the time depicted.
After twenty five years in the corporate world, Hubert decided to follow his dream and continue this rare and intricate art form. Having built these scenes for more than twenty years he is now able to concentrate full time on his art and brings his skills from the mountains of Austria to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada as Christkindl Nativities.