The Austrian painter and sculptor Kurt Kocherscheidt was born on July 6, 1943 in Klagenfurt. While at the beginning of his artistic career he explores landscapes, he later finds his own style with his powerful geometric figures. Kocherscheidt is artistically active until his death on 13 November 1992.
After finishing school in Klagenfurt, Kocherscheidt studied at the Academies of Fine Arts in Vienna with Professor Sergius Pauser from 1961 to 1965, and with Professor Ivo Rezek in Zagreb. Together with Wolfgang Herzig, Martha Jungwirth, Peter Pongratz, Franz Ringel and Robert Zeppel-Sperl, he founded the "Reality" artists' association in 1968, which was exhibited for the first time in the Secession in Vienna in May. After a move to London in 1969, Kocherscheidt began to sign his works with the "Kappa", as the British failed in the pronunciation of his name. From 1985 he reduced his signature to a "K". His passion for the tropics and Africa is expressed by the book, published in 1969, with 15 etchings, entitled "Kocherscheidts extended animal life". In 1972 he undertook a one-year trip through South America, on which a variety of drawings were created. His first oil paintings are produced in 1979 during a holiday on the Ligurian coast in Savona. His fifty-leaf watercolor cycle "El bananero enamorado" was created in 1992 on the island of La Gomera. In October of that year, he made the six-meter high wooden sculpture "Gate of the Winds" on the Greek island of Syros, before he died on 13 November 1992 in Wels due to a heart failure. Kocherscheidt's works are shown in the Belvedere 21 house in Vienna (1986), the Documenta IX in Kassel (1992), the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg (2004) and the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen (2008/09). The first individual exhibitions are held in 1991 at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Ghent and in 1992 at the Secession in Vienna. In 1988 Kocherscheidt was awarded the Austrian Art Prize for Fine Arts.