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Instructors

Studio founder
Lead instructor

Abby Brown

Abby Brown is the head instructor and founder of AB Art Studios and has been teaching art since 2013. She is originally from North Carolina, USA, and is currently living and working in Vienna, Austria. She completed her Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, graduating Magna cum Laude with Honors in Fine Art. After moving to Austria, she has been living and working full-time from her artistic practice, and has exhibited her work internationally in Europe, the USA and Asia. She is also active as a curator and has organized exhibitions and other artistic projects and cultural events.

Instructor
Melina Steiner

Melina Steiner is a painter and artist currently based in Vienna. She graduated in 2022 from Ursula Huebner's painting class at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz. Additionally, she holds a degree in Creative Pedagogy and has taught various painting classes for children. She also graduated from the Vienna International School in 2012 with a diploma in IB higher level Art.

Her work primarily comprises large-format pieces characterized by vibrant, abstract, and colorful compositions. With a great passion for painting, Melina Steiner explores the interplay of color, texture, and form to create striking and deeply personal compositions.

Melina's artworks have been showcased in galleries and art spaces throughout Austria. She is also an active member of VCAS - Vienna Contemporary Art Space, an artist-run organization focused on uniting artists from around the world and sharing their ideas and concepts with the city of Vienna.

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Visiting Instructors

AB Art Studios sometimes hosts workshops and courses with visiting professional artists to introduce students to new techniques, materials and approaches to art making. Check back often to see upcoming workshops and courses with visiting artists.

Studio Pooch
Klaus

The studio often hosts a dog, Klaus. He is small, friendly, hypoallergenic and very playful. He likes to greet people loudly (we are working on that), but only to express his joy at having visitors. 

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