Manuela Karin Knaut

Manuela Karin Knaut

Johannesburg SA / Braunschweig , Niedersachsen, Germany

About Manuela Karin Knaut

Manuela K. Knaut, born in 1970, lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany, as a freelance artist. She obtained her Master of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She also studied Art Education (with a focus on Painting and Museum Education) at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Germany) and worked as a museum educator, author, university lecturer and art teacher in public schools. Manuela has been a member of the BBK, the Professional Association of Fine Artists in Germany since 2003 and is a member of the Association Internationale des Arts Plastiques which is in official relations with UNESCO. She is also a member of the The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and GEDOK.

Manuela Karin Knaut is best known for her paintings and art installations, but she also works with a wider range of media, including collages, photography and architectural objects. Her art is primarily expressionistic, a cypher for memories and emotions that can be frank and poetic as well as intimate and universal. Infused with colour and created with eloquent brushstrokes, Knaut´s often huge semi-abstract canvases and objects are charged with an explosive energy. Knaut´s work focuses on contemporary issues and universal themes regarding the human condition, such as home, love, loss and loneliness. She always finds inspiration for her multi-faceted works in being a seeker and a collector of things, and in passionately observing everyday life. The artist often uses personal situations, which then find their way into diverse series of her work. She deliberately makes room for a seemingly purposeless play with all sorts of objects and other materials. At first glance, these pieces of art present themselves in a light and blunt manner, but are never an accidental creation.

Manuela Knaut’s work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1990 as well as art performances all over Europe and further abroad, including La Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Cachan (France), Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg (South Africa), ArchiAfrika Foundation in Accra (Ghana), Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg (South Africa), Kunsthalle Cloppenburg (Germany), Community Center Art Gallery, Kiryat Tivon (Israel), Jim Weber Fine Art Gallery, Marble Falls, (USA), Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Art, Bishkek (Kyrgyztan), The Jourg Fringe, Johannesburg (South Africa), Galerie VorOrtOst Leipzig (Germany), Ostrale / International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts, Dresden (Germany), Galerie Jaeschke, Braunschweig (Germany). Her work is found in public and private collections worldwide.

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Master of Arts (Fine Arts), Wits School of Art, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany
Tulane University, New Orleans, USA


Manuela Karin Knaut‘s large scale work „It takes two“ has been auctioned by Christie‘s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades on February 25/2020 in Berlin for United Hearts charity gala.


2020: HIGHLIGHTS, All You Can Art, Hafencity, Hamburg (Germany), Longing for the South , 99loop Gallery, Capetown (South Africa) 2019: Other Art Fair, London (UK), Valerius Art Gallery, Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Affordable Artfair, Hamburg (Germany) “Würde”, Gruppenausstellung Villa von Amsberg, Braunschweig), “Formhoch”, GEDOK Hannover (Germany, Museum für Photographie Braunschweig: Mitgliederausstellung „Zonenrandgebiet“ 2018: “members only”, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig (Germany) Weißensee Art Academy “Rundgang”, Berlin (Germany), “Dark Dogs and Candyfloss“, Graham’s Fine Art gallery, Johannesburg (South Africa). "Opera" Installation, ArchiAfríka Foundationin Accra (Ghana), Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg. 2017 "Unusually Usual", Women only group show at Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth, South Africa "Surface" Group Show at Carol Lee Fine Arts, Johannesburg. The Joburg Fringe: "Young capital / White Noise". Solo show at Ponte Tower, Johannesburg (May 2017). Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg (July 2017). BBK Braunschweig, Germany. Kunstsupermarkt Berlin, Wien, Salzburg, Solothurn 2016: art it is, Cape Town, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, res gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, assemblage: new beginnings, Johannesburg (SA) , 1 object: art it is (curated by Gordon Froud), Johannesburg (SA) 2015: Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg ....(...)