Born – 1979
Kurt Knoblesdorf, 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, Knoblesdorf’s panels display a startling freshness. Knoblesdorf 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.
2004 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
2001-2004 The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
2001 Denver Art Students League, Denver, CO.
2000 St. Petersberg College, St. Petersberg, FL.
2013 steven harvey fine art projects. Dooroomwindow, group exhibition, NYC ,NY
2012 steven harvey fine art projects. Ernie and Kurt: Paintings by E.M. Saniga and Kurt Knobelsdorf, New York City, NY
2011 steven harvey fine art projects. The Gap, group exhibition, New York, NY
2010 SHFAP. Kurt Knobelsdorf “Postcard from Florida”, New York, NY
2010 Cando Arts. Death, group exhibition, Miami, FL.
2010 gallery B, solo exhibition, Sag Harbor, NY
2010 Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project. “Black Sunlight,” Los Angeles, CA.
2009 Brick Walk and Harvey at Boston International Fine Art Show.
2009 Coleman Bancroft LLC. Solo Exhibition. New York, NY.
2009 Brick Walk and Harvey at ArtHamptons. Bridgehampton, NY
2008 Gallery Schlesinger. “Old School,” New York, NY.
2008 Steven Harvey Fine Art Project. Red Dot. New York, NY.
2008 Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. “Vessels,” New York, NY.
2007 Morrison Gallery, Penn State University. Solo Exhibition, Harrisburg, PA.
2006 The Keppel Building. Solo Exhibition, Lancaster City, PA.
2006 The Bancroft Collaborative. Solo Exhibition, Lancaster City, PA.
2005 Bookplace . Solo Exhibition, Oxford, PA.
2005 Carspecken Scott Gallery. Solo Exhibition, Wilmington, DE.
2005 Carol Lee Waite Gallery. Solo Exhibition, West Chester, PA.
2004 Bookplace. Solo Exhibition, Oxford, PA.
2004 Artists’ House. Group Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA.
2004 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Annual Student Exhibition,
Angelo Pinto Memorial Prize for Experimental Work,
Eleanor S. Gray Prize for Still Life,
2003 Gallery 1301. Juried Exhibition. Philadelphia, PA.
Sylvia G. Wexler Memorial Award.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Annual Student Exhibition,
William Emlem Cresson Travel Scholarship,
Samuel J. Savitz Purchase Prize,
Lambert and Emma Wallace Cadwalder Prize for Landscape,
Jimmy C. Lueders Painting Prize,
Alexander Prize Special Notice,
Franklin C. Watkins Memorial Grant,
Artists’ House Gallery Award,
Lois and Charles X. Carlson Landscape Painting Residency.
2002 Gilroy Roberts Scholarship Fund, Philadelphia, PA.
2001 Denver Art Students League. Annual Exhibition, Denver, CO.
Best of Show.
2000 St. Petersberg College. Annual Student Exhibition, St. Petersberg, FL.
Best of Show.
2012 25 Artists of Tomorrow: Kurt Knobelsdorf, James Duncan, American Artist,
Special Issue, October 2012
2012 “SHFAP Lets Knobelsdorf Shine”, by Rob Reed, thalo online journal, http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/125/ shfap_lets_knobelsdorf_shine
2011 “Kurt Knobelsdorf: Postcard from Florida,” exhibition review by John Yau, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2011
“Kurt Knobelsdorf at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects,” review by Mario Naves, Too Much Art, Writings on Visual Culture blog, January 5, 2011
2009 “Back Up,” catalog essay by Chris Wilcha, Coleman Bancroft LLC.
New York, NY.
2006 “They’re Saturated with Life,” by Carla Di Bruno, Intelligencer Journal New Era, April 8, 2006