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Imi Knoebel is one of the most important sculptors and painters of contemporary German art. Knoebel studied at the Werkkunstschule Darmstadt from 1962 to 1964 and then moved to the Düsseldorf Art Academy to learn commercial art. Together with his artist friend and fellow student Imi Giese, Knoebel was eventually accepted into Joseph Beuys' class.

Although Imi Knoebel was a master student of Beuys, the strongest influence on his work was the artistic and art theoretical influence of the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. Since the early 1960s, Knoebel's artworks and editions have moved in the border area between painting and sculpture. The artist follows the principle of layering various individual elements. In ever new variations he assembles forms, colors and materials and creates works that are characterized by irregularity and asymmetry. In analytical series, the painter deals with the relationship between space and materiality, constantly expanding, supplementing or reinterpreting his works. In particular, his artworks and editions executed in the primary colors red, yellow and blue are strongly reminiscent of the geometric objectivity of Barnett Newman or Piet Mondrian.

Imi Knoebel is one of the most internationally renowned artists of nonfigurative abstraction and is considered a radical minimalist painter whose artistic positions are undisputed in their stringency and radicalism. The art of the multiple award-winning painter is represented in numerous national and international museums and collections.

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