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In 1971 I entered
this world as part of an Austrian family residing in Salzburg (Austria).
Already during my early youth, while moving within Austria several times, I
discovered my artistic talent and desire to develop it. But coming from a
rather traditional family with a very practical approach to life, I did not
dare following this path until I started travelling alone during my early
At the age of 23 my curiosity and thirst for adventure lead me to Australia. The culture, landscapes, colors and wildlife were breathtaking and the images of the different life ‘down-under’ left deep impressions which I still memorize very well. After this trip I could simply not resist any longer and followed my deepest desire: to express myself through painting. Having no formal art education I simply started by following my intuition how to use, mix and layer paint to give it the effects I had visualized for my work.
At this point of time, I was fascinated and inspired by the works of Salvador Dali, and soon after, my first own art pieces were created. My preference of painting wild animals is the result of a 6 months stay in Cape Town/South Africa in winter 1996/97. During this time I organized also my first exhibitions in “Groot Constantia Gallery” and “Gallery International” (Cape Town/S.A.) displaying my work from the previous year.
Craving for new inspiration I moved to cosmopolitan Amsterdam in 2000 and found inner peace of mind. Influenced by artists from around the globe and cultural happenings my creativity became the center of my life.
Still searching for the unknown, the deeper meaning of life and our human existence, looking for answers, I searched for a complimentary discipline. By co-incidence, or higher guidance, I came across Kundalini Yoga. After a short trial period, I decided to follow the Teacher Training as this practice gave me the answers I was looking for and opened a new world to me; I dived into the spiritual world and learned to follow my intuition or what we often call ‘gut feeling’. The combination of physical and mental exercising with spiritual-touched oil paintings makes it possible to express myself. The influence is also visible in my latest artwork. I hope that my own enthusiasm, engagement and passion of this development reflects in my artwork, becomes sensible for the observer and touches their hearts. I am pride of my achievements as an autodidact, without any formal art school influence, and try to express my artistic feelings without compromising style, design or technique. Love & Light
2014 May Certificate of Excellence / Artavita, L.A./ USA
2014 April Diploma of Excellence / Artist of Today, Artaddiction.net, London /UK
2013 July Certificate of Honor / The Story of the Creative, SeeMee, New York, USA
2007 Nov Diploma of Excellence / Work on Display, Artoteque.com, London, UK
2000 Sep Distinction of the Euro-Art-Plaque for Art & Culture „Ami de L`Europe“
2000 June Distinction of the golden Euro-Medal for Art & Culture „Ami de L`Europe“
1999 Dec Distinction of the silver Euro-Medal for Art & Culture
2016 June-Dec Hotel Radisson blue, Schiphol Rijk, Amsterdam/The Netherlands
2014 Oct Carrousel du Louvre, Paris /France
2014 Sep See Me Exhibition Space, Long Island City, (digital Show) New York /USA
2014 July See Me @ Times Square, Broadway /Billboards, New York City /USA
2014 June Panorama, RAW Artists, The Cutting Room, New York City /USA
2014 March See Me Exhibition Space, Long Island City, (digital Show) New York /USA
2013 Dec Scope, Projection-Show, Miami Beach /USA
2013 July Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, New York City /USA
2013 Jul-Sep Story of the Creative Rising, (digital Show) Long Island, New York /USA
2013 Jul-Sep The Story of the Creative, Projection-Show, Gagosian Gallery,
Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Guggenheim, Moma, New York /USA
2010 Jul-Oct Hotel Radisson SAS, Amsterdam City Centre/The Netherlands
2010 Apr-June Hotel Radisson SAS, Schiphol-Rijk /The Netherlands
2010-2008 Mirrorcenter, Amsterdam /The Netherlands
2007 April Culture places Amsterdam, Now Open Atelier-Route, Amsterdam /NL
2005 Oct ArtExpo, Ahoy, Rotterdam /The Netherlands
2004 Oct ArtEvent, Xpo, Ahoy, Rotterdam /The Netherlands
2003 June Art in Progress, Xpo Hallen, Kortrijk /Belgium
2002 Oct Expo de Hyzel, Brussels /Belgium
2002 June Retort, Amsterdam/ The Netherlands
2001 July Casino, Bad Gastein, Salzburg /Austria
2001 Feb Hotel Europäischer Hof, Bad Gastein, Salzburg /Austria
2000 Sep Congresshalls Rottach-Eggern, Teggernsee /Germany
2000 Sep Artmile, Berlin /Germany
2000 June Konzil Konstanz, Bodensee /Germany
2000 Feb Ambiente, Frankfurt /Germany
2000 Jan Art festival in the former Diary, Bischofshofen /Austria
1999 Dec Gift for “Round Table45” Salzburg/ Austria
1999 Dec Casino-Hotel Regensburg /Germany
1999 Nov Cafe 2Stein, Salzburg /Austria
1999 Oct Gallery Small Prince, Baden-Baden /Germany
1999 Sep Kursaal Engelberg /Swizerland
1999 Aug Café 2Stein, Salzburg /Austria
1999 July Casino-Castle Klessheim, Salzburg /Austria
1998 Dec Gift for Auction in Dorotheum Vienna for “Light in the Dark”
1998 Dec Hostalek Piano’s, Salzburg /Austria
1998 Oct RAIKA Bank, Salzburg/ Austria
1998 Sep Gallery Dr. Böhner, Mannheim /Germany
1998 April Gallery Jardin des Arts, Salzburg /Austria
1997 Nov Café-Restaurant Zartl, Vienna/ Austria
1997 July Private Exhibition, San Marino /Italy
1997 April Groot Constantia Gallery, Cape Town /South Africa
1997 March Gallery International, Cape Town /South Africa
1996 Oct Kulturgelände Nonntal, Salzburg /Austria
2001 Diggi Zaal, Amsterdam /The Netherlands
1998 Café-Restaurant Hagenauer Stuben (Mozart's Birth House), Salzburg /Austria
1998 Café Come In, Salzburg /Austria
1998 Café Pub Popular, Salzburg /Austria
1997 Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town /South Africa
1997 Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town /South Africa
1997 Art Etc., Cape Town /South Africa
2014 Art Addiction Online Competition, Artist of Today, London /UK
2014 Artavita Competition for show World Wide Art Los Angeles, Oct. 2014, USA
2007 Artoteque Online Competition, Work on Display, London /UK
2006 Magazine “Just to Be”, Amsterdam/ The Netherlands
2005 Original Art Collection, Kunst vademecum, Amsterdam /The Netherlands
2005 Party Decoration, Amsterdam/ The Netherlands
2002/03 Diverse Decoration for Parties, Amsterdam and surrounding /The Netherlands
2002/03 Decoration for “The Beetles”, Amsterdam /The Netherlands
2001 Project Braintown /Germany
2001 Boomerang Cards /Austria
2000/01 Workshop Gallery Donkersloot, Amsterdam /The Netherlands
The Works Details
Following spiritual and ritual symbols of Mandalas, Xela’s work represents the cosmos metaphysically and symbolically, reminding us of our relationship to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
-- “2012”, 2012 Oil on Canvas 100x100 cm: The right hand symbolizes the rational conscious and logical mind. In its palm holding the warm, peaceful earth - directing your will power and sense of purpose emerging from darkness into wisdom, confidence and loyalty.
-- Cosmic Dreams, 2001 Oil on Canvas 80x100 cm: The dolphin delights all our senses and brings healing energies to mind, body and spirit. It takes you on a mystical journey to connect with the true essence of who you are and your limitless possibilities.
-- Cosmic Gate, 2016 Oil on Canvas 60x80 cm: The black Panther is watching from the cosmic gate down to the earth.
-- Explosion, 2000 Oil on Canvas 100x70 cm: Explosion of the Universe.
-- Eyes of the Unknown, 2011 Oil on Canvas 80x100 cm: The eagle epitomizes the highest aspirations of the spirit and its triumph over the carnal nature. Its freedom, vision and enlightenment urging you to reconnect with your spiritual path.
-- Mystical Journey, 2016 Oil on Canvas 60x80 cm: The blue Tiger is the ruler of the spring season and governor of the earth elements. It is associated with depth and stability, symbolizing trust, confidence, faith and truth in a sea of change.
-- New Age, 2012 Oil on Canvas 60x50 cm: Looking down from Heaven the woman is breaking the ice and warming up the globe to a harmonious planet.
-- Purple Gate, 2015 Oil on Canvas 60x80 cm: The black Panther is watching from the purple gate down to the earth, watching everything.