Friedrich Kunath (*1974), born in Chemnitz, East Germany, and based in Los Angeles, is inspired by German Romanticism as well as by American pop culture. Dreamscape and reality, the sublime and the sordid, SUNSHINE AND NOIR are poles in between which his art develops in dialectic ways.
Kunath studied at the University of Arts in Braunschweig, but soon set out to further explore his artistic journey abroad. Not bound by a specific genre, the artist uses his paintings as well as objects and installations to stage a various set of emotions, shifting between loneliness and desire, euphoria and anxiety. The feeling of nostalgia and melancholia coexists with aspects of humor and the absurdity of the everyday life. His career rose from the mid 1990’s with exhibitions in Germany and soon in North America. Kunath’s works have already been exhibited in solo shows at various renowned institutions including Sammlung Philara in Düsseldorf, the Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, the Schinckel Pavillon in Berlin, the Hammer Museum Los Angeles, the Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden, and the Aspen Art Museum. In 2012 he was awarded the Sprengel Prize for fine arts, presented by the Sparkassen Foundation of Lower Saxony