Karin Hafner
Member of Association of Austrian art historians (Verband österreichischer Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker)


Born in 1974 in Villach, Carinthia, Austria. 

After finishing school I did my diploma in art history, in Graz in Styria, Austria. The theme of my diploma thesis was Carlo Scarpa and the beginnings of modern museum adaptions – i. e. bridging the gap between old and new architectural structures in exhibition buildings.

1999 to 2002 I worked in EU-R&D projects for the digitization of cultural heritage. This great experience was followed by three very valuable years at

Galerie Eugen Lendl (www.eugenlendl.com, Austrian and international contemporary art).

2006 I returned to Karl-Franzens-University and started studies for Dr. phil. (PhD) in art history. The supervisor of my doctoral thesis was

Prof. Dr. Johann Konrad Eberlein. Besides the theme of my thesis – the aura of art history. the influence of art history on other scientific subjects – I focused on courses in classical modern and contemporary art. In 2008 I completed my time in Graz – together with the doctorate.

2009 to 2013 I worked for the international start-up TMT The Mobile Terminal® at the company's Headquarter in Villach. 

During this time I made five long journeys – each time for several months – to India and Bangkok, where I did various projects and had the possibility to practise my passion Yoga in diverse styles and locations. I also completed/received the training/attunement for Reiki-healing. 

In March 2013 I left Southeast Asia for now and returned to Austria, where – besides other activities – I started to work as an art historian and writer. 2013 to 2015 I completed and published "Roter Staub", a book based on my journeys. 


Since May 2016 I am living and working in Vienna.
In June 2017 I started to work also for RECENART - Research Centre for Art, providing the latest technological and art historical methods for the examination of authenticity and provenance of your art work.