Kitty Kino was born in Vienna, is a graduate of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, where she studied film and television. Her pioneering feature films, for instance Karambolage, Die Nachtmeerfahrt or Wahre Liebe, were shown at festivals and film events all over the world and received wide popular recognition at a time when Austrian films were hardly noticed outside the country. Her TV productions, for instance Das Geständnis and Aktion C+M+B are much repeated audience magnets. In between her film projects, Kitty Kino directed experimental plays as gesamtkunstwerke, including stage sets and costume design. In 2008 she published her first novel, Lara und die Insider. For her pioneering role as film maker the federal province of Vienna awarded her the Gold Medal of Merit in 2009. The photographic medium has opened a new artistic field for Kitty Kino. In the individual pictures she particularly enjoys the freedom from the narrative corset of film. She focuses on playing with intimations and ambiguities, capturing moments of great contrasts or strong symbolic power. Kitty Kino has shown her photographic work in numerous exhibitions.