Judenburg, Styria *1967
Alf Poier is an Austrian cabaret artist, painter and songwriter. His biography as a visual artist is inextricably linked to his career as a Dadaist cabaret artist and musician.
At the age of 24 he began to use colours in an abstract manner for the first time. At that time he attended the drums conservatory in Graz and drummed simultaneously in several dance bands, rock and radio bands. He tried to paint drum rhythms by recording them on music cassettes and tried to express them in a colour expressionistic way. All non-representational works created during this time were an expression of a holistic paradigm shift in the life of the artist.
When Poier entered the cabaret stage in 1995, he quickly became notorious. Last but not least, due to dadaesque objects, drawings and paintings. His first cabaret program "Heaven, Ass and Garden Gnom" was an "experimental program" which he kept changing to try out new things. The positive reaction of the audience to his dadaesque antique art, drawings such as The "transport rabbit", the "cat in cross section", the "deer incarnation" or the "egg dog grenade with two warheads" made these a permanent part of future programs.
In Poier's second cabaret program “Zen” - for which he was awarded the German Cabaret Prize, the Prix Pantheon and the German Comedy Prize - drawings, pictures and objects were already style-defining. Through guest appearances in many national but also German and Swiss high-quality television shows, Poier's dadaesque art was presented to an audience of millions. Works such as "Kami-Katzen", "Border-Leiner", "Streich-Wurst", "Kater-Billa", "Muku-Muku" etc. reached a large audience in this way.
After an almost 20-year tour and stage career, there was a turning point in 2014 for health reasons. During this time, Poier focused on the visual arts and in 2015 he received a retrospective at the renowned Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien.
Poier started to exhibit his visual artist with a retrospective. At the same time, he started exhibiting his works in Austria and abroad. Published by Seifert Verlag the book “123 Masterpieces” shows a cross section through Poiers colossal artistic legacy up to 2015