COLORFUL, BOLD AND FESTIVE

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Helmut Koller é conhecido principalmente por suas pinturas coloridas, ousadas e festivas de animais que são coletados em quatro continentes, América, Europa, Ásia e África. Koller cresceu na bela zona rural austríaca. Depois de completar seu treinamento como fotógrafo e um breve desvio profissional para a Alemanha, ele se tornou o fotógrafo oficial da Ópera Estatal de Viena na Áustria.

Durante sete anos fotografou superstars como Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leonard Bernstein e Rudolf Nurejev. Nesse período, Helmut Koller co-escreveu, fotografou e desenhou seu primeiro livro, WOMEN OVER 30. Mais dois livros se seguiram. ELEKTRA, sobre a produção cinematográfica da ópera de Richard Strauss e OPERA LIVE, um livro de mesa sobre a Ópera Estatal de Viena.

  • KOLLER in color

    KOLLER in color

    Sentindo-se confinado na Europa e ansioso pela ambição da América, Koller mudou-se para Manhattan e depois para Palm Beach, Flórida, onde agora reside.

    Em 1987, com sua primeira coleção de pinturas, "Homenagem a Egon Schiele", Koller fez a transição da fotografia para a pintura. O artista então voltou seu interesse para retratos históricos dos nativos americanos. Seguiram-se pinturas figurativas em acrílico sobre tela. Desde o início de 1997 Koller desenvolve suas pinturas coloridas de animais.

  • DEFINITIONS & QUOTES

     

    KOLLERISM, is defined by the realistic representation of the form and the abstraction of colors. 

    "I am the creator, leader & only follower of my own art movement. Disciples need not apply!"

     

    "Don’t let the esthetics fool you!

    These paintings are powerful symbols,

    for not agreeing with how things are." 

     

    "These paintings are iconic portraits of sentient beings, supreme beauties without a reference of time and space, esoteric manipulations of nature."

  • BIOGRAPHY

    1970 - 1973

    Professional photography training in Hartberg and Graz, Austria

     

    1974 - 1981

    Official photographer of the Vienna Sate Opera in Austria

     

    1980 - 1984

    "FLIGHT OF FANCY," "Empfundene Bewegung," series of impressionist to abstract ballet photographs, Exhibited in Austria, Monte Carlo and

    New York City

     

    1980

    "DIE FRAU ÜBER 30" & "LA FEMMES DE PLUS DE TRENTE ANS," book published in French and German by Edition Tomek, Monaco, won the Kodak Photo Book Prize, Germany,

    Mr. Koller contributed photography and text to this book and was also responsible for Graphic design (layout).

     

    1981

    HOMMAGE TO EGON SCHIELE

    Very first series of nude photograph

     

    December, move to New York City

    Freelance photographer for clients like BUNTE, TV GUIDE, FORTUNE MAGAZINE, PEPSI COLA, STYLE & MEN STYLE, a. o.

    ELEKTRA – Rache ohne Erlösung, book published by Edition Tomek, Monaco; won the Kodak Photo Book Prize, Germany

    Text by Dr. Peter Dusek. Photography and and layout concept by Helmut Koller. Based on the still photographs of the opera movie "ELEKTRA" produced by UNITEL, Munich, Germany

     

    1982

    OPERA LIVE - The Vienna State Opera," Book published by Edition S, Österreichische Staatsdruckerei.

    Text by Dr. Peter Dusek. Photography & layout concept by Helmut Koller 1982, Move to Palm Beach, Florida

     

    1982 - 1988

    Fashion photography for STYLE & MENSTYLE, German publication HOMAGE TO EGON SCHIELE, start of a 5-year mixed media project honoring the artist's idol and hero, Austrian artist Egon Schiele. With exhibitions in Miami, Chicago, New York, Germany and 5 cities in Austria

     

    1988

    Decision to give up photography and become a professional artist

     

    1990

    First figurative paintings (easel paintings) in acrylic on canvas

     

    1992 - 1997

    Start of a portrait series of historic American Indians, exhibitions in the US and Europe

     

    1993 -1994

    WE THE PEOPLE, a series of flag images in mixed media

     

    1997

    Start of the series of Animal paintings

     

    1999

    Founded the "Palm Street Art Studios", a West Palm Beach art district and artist group.

     

    First Exhibition of Pop Animal paintings in the United States at Galleria di Sorrento, Las Vegas

     

    2001

    "MEMORY," special art object for an event benefiting the 

    American Red Cross, Palm Beach Chapter

     

    2001

    First sculpture "American Zebra" in bronze & paint first exhibited at Shared Visions Gallery Boca Raton, Florida

     

    2002

    Koller, one of only 25 artists from around the world was invited by Polo America to participate in a unique art exhibit. It was an awareness promotion for the sport of polo and its return to the Olympics. The exhibit took place at JFK International Air Terminal

     

    2004 - 2017

    Galerie Dumonteil & Helmut Koller start to work together. Since then, Galerie Dumonteil, with locations in Paris, New York City & Shanghai, China, has exhibited Koller's art work world wide.

     

    2018

    International art dealer, Franck Laverdin, exclusively joins, Helmut Koller Studio

  • BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Catalogs

     

    EGON SCHIELE - The Ronald S. Lauder & Serge SabarskyCollections

    " Neue Galerie, Museum for German & Austrian Art:

    pp 351, New York, USA

     

    THE INTERNATIONAL ART & DESIGN FAIR at the Armory. October 2005, New York, USA

     

    THE MOSCOW WORLD FINE ART FAIR at the Manege, September 2005, RUSSIA

     

    HOMMAGE TO EGON SCHIELE

    Exhibition catalog, 30 pages

     

    "HOMAGE TO EGON SCHIELE,"

    Romana Debski-May, Austria & Avanian Gallery, New York, 1990

     

    “Kunst ? und ? oder ? Technick?.”

    Edition Satchwell, AUSTRIA. 1992

     

    list incomplete

    Books

     

    “KOLLER,” The Animal Paintings of Helmut Koller. Updated version, 148 pages, USA 2018

     

    “HELMUT KOLLER’”published by Galerie Dumonteil on the occasion of the very first solo exhibit of the artist in China.Text in english, french & mandarin, Shanghai September 2013, 238 pages, 94 plates

     

    “ANIMALS BY KOLLER” The Animal Paintings by Helmut Koller, USA 2010

     

    PALM BEACH

    Images by iPhone, a Palm Beach photo book,

    74 pages

    OPER LIVE - Die Wiener Staatsoper live.

    Dr. Peter Dusek, Helmut Koller, Edition S, Austria. 1987

     

    ELEKTRA - Rache ohne Erlösung

    Dr. Peter Dusek, Helmut Koller

    Edition Tomek, Monaco. 1981

     

    DIE FRAU ÜBER 30 (german version)

    LA FEMMES DE PLUS DE TRENTE ANS

    (french version)

    book published by Edition Tomek, Monaco, 1980

    won the Kodak Photo Book Prize, Germany

    Mr. Koller contributed photography

    and text to this book and was also

    responsible for the layout.