Biography

b. January 22, 1935, Bleiburg, Austria
d. February 1, 1997, Vienna, Austria

Kiki Kogelnik transcended the movements of European abstract modernism and American Pop art to create a unique, forward-looking oeuvre that addressed new technologies and feminism. Incorporating a variety of often synthetic materials, irony and humor, her paintings and sculptural work typically took their point of departure in the human form, presenting it as variously ebullient, stylized, interchangeable, fragmentary or skeletal.

Kogelnik was born in Bleiburg, Austria in 1935 and lived and worked between Vienna and New York. Recent solo museum shows include Kiki Kogelnik – Inner Life at Kunsthalle Stavanger, Norway (2017); Kiki Kogelnik: Fly Me to the Moon at Modern Art Oxford, UK (2017) and I Have Seen the Future at Humburger Kunstverein, Hamburg (2012). She was the subject of major retrospectives at Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, Austria in 1998 and at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria in 2013. 

All images © The Foundation of Kiki Kogelnik.