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Kuno Gonschior

1933 — 2010

Kuno Gonshior was a German painter lived and worked near Dusseldorf.

In 1957 – 1961 Kuno studied painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He was one of the first students of Karl Otto Götz. His classmates were such famous artists as Gottard Graubner and H.A. Schult. From 1961 to 1963 he studied at the University of Cologne. In 1972, he became lecturer at the Pädagogische Hochschule Münster. From 1982 to 2000, he was a professor of painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Berlin

Kuno Gonshior used the pointillism technique in abstract painting. Some experts notice that the experience of Georges Seurat and Mark Rothko was combined in his works, although for him the color theory of Joseph Albers was also important.

Gonshior’s works are often described as “landscapes” due to the effect of his color combinations that give the impression of space and light. He himself said that, unlike the impressionists and post-impressionists, the methods of which he used, he worked, nature never served him as a starting point for his work, but always – the work of other artists. Since the late 1960s, Kuno Gonshior has been making large installations, turning several exhibition halls into a single color composition.

In 1977, the artist participated in the documenta 6 in Kassel, In 1999, he received the Deutscher Kritikerpreis.

For the last years of life Kuno Gonshior’s fame became international: his personal exhibitions, in addition to German cities, were held in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, London.

Kuno Gonshior passed away in 2010.