A student at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts
, Kiki Kogelnik moved to Paris in 1959 and New York in 1961. Her painting style was characterized by bright colours
and silhouetted figures
and was strongly influenced by Pop Art. Later she began using cutout vinyl and fiberglass. These early interests continue to appear in the present figure paintings of women.
Kogelnik's sculptures are mask-like self-portrait
heads mounted on cylindrical pedestals. Her art, which has been shown at various solo and group exhibitions around the globe, received tremendous acclaim in the European avant-garde art world. She died of cancer in 1997.