Helmut Koller grew up in the beautiful Austrian countryside. He first enrolled in the faculty of Fine Arts to study painting. After completing a degree in photography, he moved to Germany to practice his new profession.
After returning to Austria, Koller became the official photographer for the Vienna State Opera. For seven years, he photographed the most famous lyric artists: Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein and even Rudolph Nureyev were the subjects of his work.
He submerged himself in this exciting theatrical world. These encounters have marked him profoundly.
During this time, Helmut Koller co-wrote, photographed and published several books.
Feeling confined in Europe and feeling equally ambitious, he left for America, first to New York and then on to Florida, where he photographed high fashion personalities and famous artists’ portraits.
In 1987, with the success of his first painting exhibition: « Homage to Egon Schiele», Koller decided then to devote himself entirely to painting, and abandoned photography.
Koller was awarded the « New York Art International 1988 » prize for his historic portraits of Native Americans. Beginning in 1997, Koller started painting animals. During the summer of 1998, Suppan Fine Art of Vienna in Austria showed his new paintings.
Then the Gallery di Sorrento of Leasons Palace in Las Vegas presented his « realistic pop » paintings for the first time in the United States with success.
For many years, he happily painted his animals, lived alone in the heart of Florida, and was cherished by his American collectors until 2003.
Gallery Pierre M Dumonteil then became his dealer in exclusivity after an amazing encounter with the artist and his works.
Since 2005, the gallery exhibits the artist’s new canvas in the Fine Arts and Antiques Pavilion in Paris.
Ever since, exhibitions and salons are followed with non-stop success from Palm Beach to New York, from Moscow to London, from Dubai to Shanghai and Hong Kong through Abu Dhabi.
His fans are well beyond the Animal Art frontier and the works are next to the most important figures in Contemporary Art among important collections.
His style is in fact one of the most original and promising examples of the Contemporary Figurative “Animalier” Movement; a movement that our gallery supports through our endorsement of its members.