Carl Mohner


It all started when…

Carl mohner, prolific and award winning artist and noted actor of the screen and stage, made once the comment: acting was his profession, art was his life. 

And what a life it was!!! He lived it to the fullest, even though he was diagnosed with parkinson's in 1988, which is an artist worst enemy.  Carl never sketched of prepared his canvas or paper.  His creativity, playfulness and spontaneous approach was astounding to anybody watching him. The balance of the painting was of utmost importance to the artist. If you have a chance to view some of his work, you may pay attension to the aspect of balance in his paintings. 

Museum director terry melton commented in the catalog carl mohner retrospective exhibition at mim: "carl mohner is clearly a modernist. He understands kandinsky better than many artists do. His understandings are those which gave us the extraordinary production of the bauhaus school, a brew kettle for the new ideas of modernism.

In the film industry his films have received the coveted cannes film festival's golden palm awards. Some of his movies "rififi" and "sink the bismarck” are considered classics and are appreciated by audiences decades after their production.

Carl mohner started exhibiting in rome italy 1962. Exhibitions followed in stuttgart and munich, germany - vienna and graz, austria - belgrade, yugoslavia - milan, italy and later many cities in the usa.

Mohner received auspicious notices in many newspapers, including the vatican state newspaper, l'oservatore romano, where the art critic gualitiero da via wrote favorable about his work. 1963 carl participated in the "parables of the lord" exhibition in rome italy, which was blessed by pope john xxiii. The same year mohner won the gold metal at the ix premio internationale de pittura, san vito romano.

Participating in juried art festival in the usa in houston, denver, minneapolis, cincinnati, and kansas city, carl received several best of show awards and first places.

Carl mohner's artwork is in the collection of paul getty jr. - robert and mike pollock, executive producers of the tv series dynasty - the albertina graphic museum, vienna austria - the smithsonian institution, washingotn d.c. - the international