Karin Kneffel, Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 70 7/8 × 94 1/2 inches (180 × 240 cm) © Karin Kneffel. Photo by Achim Kukulies
Karin Kneffel addresses the threshold between interior and exterior, and real and fictive space through a sophisticated play on reflectivity, opacity and transparency. Seaming together heterogeneous spaces and times in a flawlessly executed, seductively realist manner, she paints pictures that are perfectly constructed impossibilities. Although many of her sources actually exist, her image is first and foremost a surface, highlighting painting’s simultaneous ability to uphold and destroy illusions.
Karin Kneffel was born in 1957 in Marl, Germany. From 1981 to 1987, she studied at Westphalian Wilhelm University, Germany, and Comprehensive University of Duisburg, Germany. From 1981 to 1987, she studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Germany. In 1998, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, Germany, and in 2000, she was a Visiting Professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik. From 2000 to 2008, Kneffel was a Professor at the University of the Arts, Germany, and in 2008, she was a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum Jean de La Fontaine, France (1999); Monks House–Museum of Modern Art, Germany (2006); Kunst–Station Sankt Peter, Cologne (2008); Haus Esters, Germany (2009); Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (2010); Museo De Arte Contemporáneo, Spain (2014); Barcelona Pavilion, Spain (2014); “Fallstudien,” Kathe Kollwitz Museum, Germany (2015); and “Works on Papers,” Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Germany (2015).
Kneffel currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.