The Austrian artist Jürgen Messensee was born on 29 August 1936 in Vienna. As a soloist, his work can not be attributed to any style or group, which places him in a special position in Austrian contemporary art. Messensee lives and works in Vienna.
From 1955, Messensee studied with Sergius Pauser at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1973, he joined the Kunstvereinigung of the Vienna Secession, whose member he remained until the year 2000. Thematically, Messensee treats mostly the female body or parts as a symbol of the eternally beautiful. His work is characterized by abstracted naturalistic illustrations, using ciphers, abbreviations and strokes. In the seventies a variety of ceramics and bronze sculptures were created. After intense discussion with the art of the Spanish court painter Diego Velázquez in the 80s and 90s, Messense's interpretation of the "infants", which are shown side by side with those of Velázquez in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Among his numerous solo exhibitions and exhibitions are the "Beyond the Oppositions" at the Museum Angerlehner 2014, "Messensee catwalk" in the Welz Gallery in Salzburg 2010, "Messensee - ZOOM" in the Essl Collection in Klosterneuburg near Vienna 2006 and "Messensee - Painting 1978-1987 "in the Gallery Land in Vienna in 2002. In 1993, Messensee was honored with the City of Vienna Prize for Painting and Graphics. In 2003, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Arts was awarded the First Class, and in 2007 the Golden Award of Honor was awarded to him for the services of the State of Vienna.