Kurt Knobelsdorf, a young artist based in Philadelphia and now working in Miami, paints architecture, landscape, and figures from life, his own photography, and found imagery. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he won several awards, and then came under the influence of E.M. Saniga, another artist shown by Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. What the two share as painters is a commitment to the infinite potentiality of a small rectangle and a tenebrous, dry surface that loves the middle-to-darker tone. Despite their distressed qualities, Knobelsdorf’s panels display a startling freshness. Knobelsdorf apparently adores his cast of characters – the children, old people, strippers, and salesmen who inhabit his paintings. His work reflects hard-lived experience, the potency of images, as well as the ability of painterly facture to deliver visual information.