Knut Pani

Mexico City - 1956

His professional training began in 1975 attending the workshop of master sculptor Lothar Kestenbaum, at the National School of Fine Arts in San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. From 1976 to 1978 he collaborated with Dr. Mathias Goeritz’s Art Section, as editor of the magazine Arquitectura/México. From 1979 to 1983, he studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he obtained his BFA, came in contact with the New Image Painting movement, and studied the Abstract Expressionists closely, especially Motherwell, de Kooning and Franz Kline. In 1985 he was Art Director at the Rufino Tamayo Museum. He founded El Pez Soluble Press, with fellow artists Alejandro Arango and Franco Manterola. In the 1990s, Pani's visual expression, with its characteristic abstraction, became more lyrical and synthetic as he moved to the countryside, where he designed and built his much reviewed house and studio. In 1993 he moved the press to Tequisquiapan, Mexico, where a great number of artists have come to work since and where he continues, to this day, giving seminars and teaching drawing and the etching techniques. Multiple exhibitions around the world have allowed his work to be part of more than 300 collections in museums and in public and private institutions. In 2001 he was awarded the Lorenzo Il’Magnifico Medal by the city of Florence, Italy, at the biennale. He has painted five murals in Mexico City. Knut Pani’s body of work, summons the expressive large format paintings, his vast work on paper, Artist Books and the urban sculpture projects in carbon steel he is currently working on. Pani is now developing a project called “Visual Exile” approaching a nomadic way of performing art, and directing, along with Santiago Pani, Art-House PANI (Mexico) and Art-House Holland (The Netherlands), interactive centers for the visual arts and art residencies open for artists from around the world, together with Taller El Pez Soluble. He lives and works between the cities of Madrid, Leiden and Tequisquiapan, Mexico.

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Knut Pani

Mexico City - 1956

His professional training began in 1975 attending the workshop of master sculptor Lothar Kestenbaum, at the National School of Fine Arts in San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. From 1976 to 1978 he collaborated with Dr. Mathias Goeritz’s Art Section, as editor of the magazine Arquitectura/México. From 1979 to 1983, he studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he obtained his BFA, came in contact with the New Image Painting movement, and studied the Abstract Expressionists closely, especially Motherwell, de Kooning and Franz Kline. In 1985 he was Art Director at the Rufino Tamayo Museum. He founded El Pez Soluble Press, with fellow artists Alejandro Arango and Franco Manterola. In the 1990s, Pani's visual expression, with its characteristic abstraction, became more lyrical and synthetic as he moved to the countryside, where he designed and built his much reviewed house and studio. In 1993 he moved the press to Tequisquiapan, Mexico, where a great number of artists have come to work since and where he continues, to this day, giving seminars and teaching drawing and the etching techniques. Multiple exhibitions around the world have allowed his work to be part of more than 300 collections in museums and in public and private institutions. In 2001 he was awarded the Lorenzo Il’Magnifico Medal by the city of Florence, Italy, at the biennale. He has painted five murals in Mexico City. Knut Pani’s body of work, summons the expressive large format paintings, his vast work on paper, Artist Books and the urban sculpture projects in carbon steel he is currently working on. Pani is now developing a project called “Visual Exile” approaching a nomadic way of performing art, and directing, along with Santiago Pani, Art-House PANI (Mexico) and Art-House Holland (The Netherlands), interactive centers for the visual arts and art residencies open for artists from around the world, together with Taller El Pez Soluble. He lives and works between the cities of Madrid, Leiden and Tequisquiapan, Mexico.

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