Kolja Kramer

Art historian Dr. Kolja Kramer was educated at Vienna & Berne University and he added further studies at Sotheby's London and gained practical experience in the Coins & Medals and Prints Dptm. Sotheby's London.

He finished his Studies at Berne University with the Lizentiat in History and Philosophy, the swiss Magister. After having worked for Sotheby's at the largest house in the history of Sotheby's, the sale of the margraves of Baden in Baden-Baden, he went back to University in order to write his PHD in history of art. His thesis concentrated on how the art market and PR influenced the spreading of french impressionism via Paris, Berlin and Vienna. An extract of the thesis is given for example in his article in the Austrian Magazin Belvedere (Belvedere. Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst 7 (2/2001) 48-65, 101-112). Kolja Kramer also studied Philosophy and concentrated for his Lizentiat on Plato and Kung Fu Tse.

After having spent some time in the real estate business, selling castles and manors in the french Champagne Kolja Kramer founded art position in 2000, the well known annual overview of Young Art in Vienna. The exhibition took place in the Ottakringer Brewery Vienna from 2001-2005. It presented 250-300 artworks by 70-80 artist every year. Catalogues were published and later he co-edited a book on Painting in Austria at the beginning of the 3rd Millennium presenting a large number of influential and important young painters in Austria. Kolja Kramer was also chosen as expert in the Jury for the Format-Art-Ranking.

As influential art manager Kolja Kramer developed the association art position to the private limited company art position and added a gallery to the business. The art management activities and success grew constantly, therefore the undertakings led to the foundation of his private museum, the MOYA-Museum of Young Art GmbH.

The MOYA had different divisions especially of PR & Marketing, International & Diplomatic Relations, Client Service and Events. Kolja Kramer lived his passion for art and to see contemporary art in the context of history of art. By having installed his business system, he had realised that the entirely private museum MOYA has always been able to remain independent from public subsidies.

Kolja Kramer has finally been able to promote Young Art over the last 18 years. He has received the Flame of Peace Honor given by members of the Habsburg family.

Beyond art Kolja Kramer, from a swiss, german and austrian-hungarian family, grandson of missionaries in China, from a family of architects and musicians, loves architecture, travelling, watersports and the sea, innovations, music and he enjoyes playing the cello, Humanism and writing his novel - and spending time with his family & friends.

Nina Andersen, 15.6.2014

Karin Frank, 2004, Kolja Kramer, wood, 33cm