Xenia Hausner was born in Vienna in 1951. She was born into a family of artists in Vienna, Austria. Her father was the Austrian painter Rudolf Hausner, her sisters are the filmmaker Jessica and the costume designer Tanja Hausner. After studies at the painting academy in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she began a career as a scenic designer at the Vienna Burgtheater in 1976.
From 1977 to 1992, Ms. Hausner designed more than 100 theater, opera and film productions, including those at the Shiller Theater, Berlin; the Thalia Theater, Hamburg; the Vienna State Opera; the Salzburg Festival; the Covent Garden Opera, London; and the Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels.
Beginning in 1992, Ms. Hausner moved to Berlin and devoted herself completely to painting. Her work was introduced at the Martin Gropiusbau in Berlin in 1996 in an exhibition entitled “Die Kraft der Bilder” (The Craft of the Artist), and she was soon afforded one-person exhibitions in Salzburg and Vienna.
Later in 1996, Ms. Hausner had a one-person exhibition, “Menschenbilder” at Galerie Thomas in Munich, and Galerie Thomas introduced her work to an international audience with a featured presentation at Art Cologne. In 1997, a one-person exhibition, “Liebesfragmente” was presented at the Museum Quarter Kunsthalle of Vienna and at the Ludwig Museum in Leipzig.
Forum Gallery introduced Xenia Hausner’s work to the United States in 2000, when she was first exhibited in New York. That same year, Ms. Hausner was awarded the Ernst Barlach Art Prize (Hamburg, Germany), and had solo exhibitions at the Kathe-Kollwitz Museum in Berlin, State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg. In recent years, she had solo exhibitions at Forum Gallery in Los Angeles and Charim Galerie in Wien, Austria, and an exhibition entitled, “Hide and Seek,” that traveled to the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, in 2005, and Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna in 2006.
Xenia Hausner’s current “mixed media” works are unique, full-scale paintings that incorporate working photographs, collage elements and her signature acrylic painting into their complex and involving surfaces. Xenia Hausner has long taken many working photographs of each model that poses for her and she has often employed pieces of fabric, packing tape, wood pieces and other “props” as models for the backgrounds of her paintings. Now she incorporates the actual elements into the paintings, thus the term “mixed media.”