Erika Giovanna Klien
Born 1900, Trentino, Italy
Died 1957, New York
1919 Begins studying at the Vienna School of Applied Arts (Wien Kunstgewerbeschule) in Vienna, Austria. Klien studies under the guidance of Dr. Franz who introduces her to Viennese Kinetism. Klien develops the style, which focuses on movement and modern vitality throughout her artistic career.
1925 Participates in the Paris Decorative Arts Exhibition. Klien graduates from the Vienna School and begins to work as a commercial graphic artist.
1926 Begins teaching at the Elizabeth Duncan School at Klessheim near Salzburg.
1928 Exhibits at the Fourth International Congress of Art Education in Prague.
1929 Moves to the United States; works as an art educator at New York's Stuyvesant High School, Spence School, Dalton School and the Walt Whitman School.
1938 Becomes a United States citizen.