Biography

Koller grew up in the beautiful Austrian countryside. After completing his training as a photographer and a brief professional detour to Germany he became the official photographer for the Vienna State Opera back home in Austria. For seven years he photographed superstars like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leonard Bernstein and Rudolf Nurejev. Within that period Helmut Koller co-wrote, photographed and designed his first book called WOMEN OVER 30.
Two more books followed. ELEKTRA, about the movie production of the Richard Strauss opera and OPERA LIVE, a coffee table book about the Vienna State Opera.
Feeling confined in Europe and eager for the ambition of America, Koller moved to Manhattan then Palm Beach, Florida where he now resides.
In 1987, with his first collection of paintings, “Homage to Egon Schiele”, Koller made the transition from photography to painting. The artist then turned his interest to historic portraits of the Native Americans. Figurative paintings in acrylic on canvas followed. Since the beginning of 1997 Koller is working on a series of colorful animal paintings. In summer 1998, Suppan Galerie in Vienna, Austria, showed these new paintings for the very first time at an exhibition. Galleria di Sorrento at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas premiered these super realistic “new pop” paintings in the United States in the summer 1999.
Until 2016, Galerie Dumonteil in Paris, Shanghai and New York, represented Koller’s art work and exhibited his paintings at major international art fairs.

Catalogues and Books

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

“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.