by Nicolaus Koni, 1936
The art of Nicolaus Koni (1911–2000) often combined ancient Germanic traditions with modern abstraction to create striking images. He used bronze, marble, wood, jade, coral, gold, and copper materials for sculpting projects. He was sought after to sculpt busts of famous individuals such as Jonas Salk and American generals Omar Bradley and Douglas MacArthur.
Koni was born in Transylvania and lived on Long Island, Palm Beach, and Europe. After graduating from Vienna, Austria’s Academy of Fine Arts, he continued studying in Paris and Florence. Koni came to the United States in 1941 and served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Following the war, he continued his art career by setting up a studio in Manhattan and later a studio in Palm Beach, FL. Koni’s works can be found, among other places, in Lincoln Center, New York University, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.