About Me

SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Florian Messner

Dr. Florian Messner has been residing of the UAE for the past 10 years. He is a member of Khalood Al Jabri’s Abu Dhabi Fine Arts Group.

Born in  Austria, he is a graduate of the Teachers College where he received his art education and he is a graduate of both, the University of Vienna (PhD), and the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna (Performance  Degree).

He has also conducted extensive fieldwork in the areas of ritual performance and various traditional singing styles in Bulgaria, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Mexico. He was assistant professor at Vienna University, senior lecturer at Deakin University, Australia, a guest professor at the Department for World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, USA, amongst the many other positions that he obtained.

As an artist, he has been inspired by many prominent artists of the Viennese School of “Fantastic Realism”, some of whom personally knew Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, Dr. Messner developed his own pictorial language. He describes the inspiration of his paintings as being from nature, intuition, and great works of art and their context from remote antiquity to the present. His paintings are both rich in colour and meaning.

As a painter, costume and stage designer, Dr. Messner had numerous solo and group exhibitions, workshops and productions in Vienna, Sydney, Moscow, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi. Dr. Messner also conducted ritual performance research in traditional cultures of Oceania, Indonesia and Mexico, he had been granted the privilege to live with people in remote areas and witness their cultures.  He is also a cultural journalist.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

“9th Ramadhan Art Bazaar” Citizen E Art Galley Dubai, 2 June – 6 July 2017

“One Thousand and One Nights”, group exhibition, La Parole Art Gallery”, UAE University Al Ain, 4 – 8 May 2017

“One Thousand and One Nights”, group exhibition, La Parole Art Gallery”, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, 2 – 4 May 2017

“Life Though Art” group exhibition, La Parole Art Gallery, Rotana Hotel Al Ain, 11- 24 February 2017

“Life Through Art”, group exhibition, La Parole Art Gallery, Rotana Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 8 – 10 February 2017

“12 Voices”, group exhibition, La Parole Art Gallery, Rotana Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 22 – 24 November 2016

“Arabic Impressions”, group exhibition, La Parole Art Gallery, Rotana Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 16 – 18 October 2016

“The Voice of Art”, group exhibition, La Parole Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, 31 May – 21 June 2016

Shanghai Art Fair 13 -16 November 2014, group exhibition with Steiner Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria

“222 Satyr” (“Kissed by the Satyr”), Farbgedichte (Poems of Color), solo exhibition, 28 May – 9 June 2014, Bergerhaus, Gumpoldskirchen, Austria

“Symphony of Colors, the Rotana Confluence of Inner and Outer Worlds”, solo exhibition, 17-23 February 2013, Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Dr. Messner