The internationally renowned artist Karin Kneffel (1957) first studied German and philosophy in Münster and Duisburg/Essen, later studying painting under Norbert Tadeusz at the famous Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she became Gerhard Richter’s master pupil. She lives and works in Düsseldorf.
“We cannot see anything the way it is; we only ever see the idea we have of things.” – Karin Kneffel
The artist’s hyperrealistic-looking works transport the observer into an exciting realm of ambiguity. Blurred, overlaid or reflective: In Kneffel’s works, nothing is as it first seems. And this is precisely what makes her art so special. Alongside the Lingen Art Prize and the Helmut Kraft Foundation Prize, the artist also received the Cologne Fine Art Prize in 2016, plus various grants and exhibitions around the world.
Ralph Goertz (IKS, Düsseldorf):
“[...] Karin Kneffel is one of the most important exponents of neorealism. Her photorealistic images bring together realism and surrealism. In her [works] she shows everyday subjects that obtain a second level with mirroring and overlaying. Her scenarios, like fleeting moments, feel almost like dreams.”