Anna Kohlweis, born in 1984 in Klagenfurt, Austria, is a multimedia artist, singer and songwriter, music producer and illustrator working in painting, video, drawing, fiber art, sound, and photography. Anna Kohlweis has been a performer and recording artist both as Paper Bird (2006-2012) and Squalloscope (2012-present) and utilizes visual arts and music in equal measures to create a narrative universe highly influenced by the politics of being alive, the rhythm of spoken word, cartoon aesthetics, the impending apocalypse, intense hope, travel, anxiety attacks, the intensely personal and the slightly wacky.
She studied theater- film- and media studies at the university of Vienna before switching to the academy of fine arts Vienna in 2009, where she received her Mag.art. (M.A.) in fine arts in Ashley Hans Scheirl's class for contextual painting in 2014.
Anna Kohlweis self-releases small-batch narrative graphic works as Camp Frienemy Press. Her work has been published in various magazines and regularly featured on radio and television in Austria and Germany. She has exhibited and performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and the United States and was an artist in residence at Paul Artspace in St.Louis, Missouri, the Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, Red Bull Music Academy 2013 New York City and Musikfest Waidhofen a.d. Thaya 2018. She composed music for Droste Festival in Münster and short films and documentaries like #widerstand, Wir fliegen, and Doppelgaenger. She received the Art Award of the City of Villach in 2015, taught the songwriting workshop and hosted the illustration workshop at Intertonale & Aktionstage in Scheibbs, Austria, and is the recipient of the province of Carinthia’s stipend for music in 2019.
Anna Kohlweis is currently based in Vienna, Austria.
Her latest album "Exoskeletons For Children" and its visual components was released in late 2017 on Seayou Records (Austria) and Fake Four Inc. (US).