Fiona Hernuss MFA | Fine Artist | representational and figurative Painting | 

"Cape Buffalo IV" | 2012 | oil on linen | 60cm x 200 cm | ©Fiona Hernuss | Status: available
"Cape Buffalo IV" | 2012 | oil on linen | 60cm x 200 cm | ©Fiona Hernuss | Status: available

Fiona Hernuss, (b.1970, Vienna, Austria) – Fine Artist 

Lives, paints and studied in Austria, the USA, France, Germany and Portugal.

Fiona Hernuss is a classically trained fine artist, working primarily in oils. Her work is mostly representational and refers to the complexity of the human condition. Hernuss' work often depicts animals and objects that camouflage and very intentionally soften the hard blows of the diverse human induced realities being addressed.

Hernuss’ allegorical interpretations of the manifold issues of mankind, allow the viewer to observe and experience the discussed content in a visually more bearable and esthetically pleasing way. By „toning it down“, making disturbing, critical and unpleasant issues more appealing to deal with, Hernuss keeps the connection to her audience open – paving the path for discussion and contemplation that carries on beyond the visual – always aspiring to spark a flame for new insight.

Hernuss’ art can be perceived as light weight and deeply profound at the same time.

Her work has been described as monumental, sincere, dignified, technically, conceptually and color wise highly appealing and reaches out to a wide audience of all ages.




1998   Master of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Figurative Art, New York, NY, USA

1995   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, Paris, France and New York, NY, USA



Selected Exhibitions:


2015    139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA (forthcoming)

2014    SHARKMANIA, Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

2014    PU Show - Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

2014    Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, USA         

2010    On a Blind Date With Art, Med and More International, Vienna, Austria

2008    Three - Person Exhibition, Artware, Vienna, Austria

2006    Crucifixions , Sculpture / Installation, Artknallhart by BE Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany

2001    Kunst im Stall, Sterntalerhof, Oldenburg, Germany

1998    Diploma Project Exhibition, Tribecca Hall Gallery, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA



Selected Bibliography:


Perry, Mark: “Gefaehrdete Haie”, Kronebunt, 14.08.2011, p. 4-5

Spiegler, Almuth: „Aufs Fell gerückt“, Die Presse (Schaufenster), 2008, p. 50 – 55

Holiczki, Walter: “Die Malerin der Tiere”, Wirtschaftstreuhänder, Kulturreport, 2/2011, p. 110 -112

Wirtschaftstreuhänder, Cover, vol.2, February 2011





Works held in private collections in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain and the United States of America.

Work held in non-profit organizations: Sharkproject International 





2014    139th Westminster Kennel Club Poster Contest for 2015, Finalist



Interests, Inspiration:


Horses, "ugly" dogs, Franz Marc, Peter Fox, Bully Herbig, Helge Schneider, Skrillex & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Make It Bun Dem, The Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's DelightAlberto Giacometti,...