Kornelia Weingarten

Kornelia Weingarten

Freiburg, Germany

About Kornelia Weingarten

My art embraces the two continents Europe and Africa, where I spend my life, and which greatly influence my paintings.

The initial inspiration for art surrounded me in the Black Forest of Southern Germany where I was born and grew up. My latent enthusiasm and talent was seen and nurtured by my uncle, the sculptor and painter Josef Rombach, and it was in his studio as a child, that I spent a lot of my time. Under his guidance, insight and care, I learned to become acquainted with the visual arts and different techniques.

The style of my art emerged during extended living in many African countries, mainly Liberia, Togo, Benin, Gambia, Ethiopia and Rwanda which strongly inspired my art. In my paintings you will discover visual and emotional influences of both people and places where I lived. It was in Africa where I became inspired to not only capture the visual but also the cultural experiences. These were enhanced and honed after meeting the American artist and teacher Hollis Chatelain in Cotonou. Together we spent many days not only in the studio but also in villages – sketching, drawing and painting “life”: people, their homes and the landscapes. During this time, on frequent returns to Germany, I attended the Hamburg art school of Peter Paulwitz-Matthäi.

My paintings and drawings can be found in many private collections in Europe, Africa, USA, Central America, and Australia.

In October 2016 I moved to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Here I find a great source of inspiration in the hustle and bustle of the city and the beautiful people with their colorful traditional dresses.

I mainly work with acrylics on canvas – an ideal medium for my flowers, portraits and abstract pieces but I also enjoy creating collages, monotypes, and mixing different media.


Artwork marked "not for sale" on this website may still be available! As I live in different places I don't have access to some of these on short notice. Also, due to the Corona situation shipment may take some time. Please inquire to find out about delivery time.


Nov 2020
Open Studio, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Apr 2019
Open Studio, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Nov 2017
Open Studio, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Sep 2017
Galerie Simon Nolte, Münster, Germany
since 2016
Saatchiart Online-Gallery
Mar 2013
Open Studio, Kigali, Rwanda
Mar 2006
Kunst im Gewächshaus, Gärtnerei Rombach, Glottertal, Germany
Jul 2003
Gemeindezentrum Poing/München, Germany
Jul 2001
Gemeindezentrum Poing/München, Germany
Apr 2000
Chez Michèle, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sep 1998
Strecker’s, Freiburg, Germany
May 1996
L’Atelier, Cotonou, Benin
Jun 1995
Hotel Sheraton, Cotonou, Benin
May 1995
Centre Culturel Français, Cotonou, Benin
Mar 1995
American Cultural Center, Cotonou, Benin