Father Karl Stadler was born on March 7, 1921 and was raised in Rorschacherberg, Switzerland near Lake Constance. He began high school at the Stiftschule Engelberg in 1934 and joined the Benedictine order at the Engelberg Abbey in 1942. After studying theology, he attended the School of Applied Arts in Basel before returning to Engelberg in 1951, where he taught drawing and aesthetics at the Stiftschule Engelberg until 1996. Throughout his life at the Engelberg Abbey, he maintained an art practice based in his attic atelier.

Father Karl is best known for his sacral works, and examples of his paintings, murals, and stain glass windows are on view all across Switzerland. His public commissions include the ceiling mural and cross in the Schwand chapel near Engelberg (1951), the stained-glass windows in the convent church of the Benedictine nuns in Niederrickenbach (1961), as well as in the Holy Cross Chapel in Grafenort (1971) and the chapel of the retirement and nursing home in Engelberg. Father Karl sustained a practice across the mediums of painting, sculpture, stained glass, printmaking, lithography, murals, and photography for over sixty years.


Repository of Sacred Art

Repository of Secular Art

Repository of Drafts


This website was sponsored by Dr. Eva Voigt. It is maintained by  Bea Stadler Pires, niece of Pater Karl Stadler OSB. Inquiries should be directed to: bea.pires6@gmail.com