Klaus Wolf Knoebel spent his childhood near Dresden and moved with his family to Mainz in 1950. From 1964 to 1971 he studied with Beuys at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. He maintains close contact with Palermo (1974 joint trip to the USA).

Based on Malevich’s Black Square, 1915, and his text “The Non-Objective World” (1922), Knoebel develops a formally and colourfully minimalised painting that breaks the framework of the classical panel painting and opens up into space. In photography and video he experimented with the immaterial properties of light.

From 1975 onwards, freer forms emerged and Knoebel began to work with the whole spectrum of colours, which today form the centre of his work. Assemblages made from found everyday objects complement the multi-layered work, which operates with intermedial references and serial procedures. Knoebel is primarily concerned with the interplay and autonomous effect of colour, form, material and spatial situation.

Dr. René Hirner

Imi Knoebel

  • 1940 born in Dessau, Germany
  • 1964-1971 Studies at the State Art Academy, Düsseldorf, Germany

    lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany