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manfred kielnhofer bio


Manfred Kielnhofer



Manfred "KILI" Kielnhofer (born January 28, 1967 in Haslach an der Mühl) is an Austrian painter, sculptor and photographer.


Manfred "KILI" Kielnhofer visited the technical College Linz where he took his final exam in 1995. He was engaged with technique and design and art on building lead him to his special way of art. Since 2000 he lives as a freelance artist in Linz. 2005 he launched Gallery Artpark in Linz.


Kielnhofer's most famous work is, "Guardians of Time“. Drawing on religious and supernatural phenomena, the Guardians of Time are stone statues that are cloaked in hooded robes and situated to seem like they are moving forth in some kind of ritual. In some cases the figures stand alone; in other instances, they are grouped together as if whispering to each other. Kielnhofer  places his statues in public places like ancient castles, old mines, plazas, and parks. They are installed and moved without fanfare, heightening the eerie, mystic aura they give off. The first of these mysterious figures was created in 2006. Since then, Kielnhofer continues to create and install these statues all over the world. In 2012, the artist created the first of a new series of miniature guardians out of plastic. In 2009, Kielnhofer developed a new sort of 'act photographs', which involves the construction of a water plate in his studio, where he can take photos of models sitting or lying down, likely on a mirror. In 2010 he developed the concept of the Light Art Biennale Austria with Martina Schettina.The Interlux Chair, Kielnhofers artwork shown at the biennial, was registered in the design-database of the MAK, the Museum forApplied Arts in Vienna. 2012 Kielnhofer designed the Mini guards, 54x36x34cm, 1 kg, as a limited edition, they are signed and made of plastic. In various colours they can be illuminated from within. One of the Mini guards was ordered by Peter Weibel for the ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe in 2012. Guardians of Time settle in during Public Art Dubai 2013. The T-Guardian which depicts a cloaked red figure by Kielnhofer seated a top a metal cross covered in “spikes”. First cast bronze guardian of the art foundry Krismer.



2000 Studies in USA New York, Miami
2005 Stipend of the county of Upper Austria, Studio at the Egon Schiele ArtCenter Krumlov CZ
2007 Symposium – Egon Schiele Art Centrum – Cesky Krumlov 100 years after Egon Schiele
2008 Symposium of sculpture on wood in Italy Ossana 2008
2012 International symposium of sculpture Styria, Hartberg "Slow!"




 Allerton Art Gallery New York, Gallery Tampere Finnland, Citygalerie Linz, Giga Galerie Ansfelden, filmproduction shadow performance main place Linz, biggest children-painting of the world, Galerie Generali Group, Land-culture-project Enns. Front-painting of anancient house in Traun.


Gallery Artpark Linz – Skulpture garden Artpark, Gallery Fotopark Linz, "giant ball of integration" on Tournee, Guardians of Time on tournee


Egon Schiele Art Centrum (CZ), Gallery Fontaine Amstetten, Black Box Gallery Copenhagen/Linz, art garden Graz; art in the public: Dianabad Wien.


Cass Sculpture Fondation (UK), Art Vilnius together with Martina Schettina, Franz West and Herbert Brandl, Artfair Berlin-Arttower, Galerie Seywald Salzburg, Mobile-Galerie Hörsching, Woka Lamps Vienna


 Castle Schloss Steyregg near Linz, Neuköllner Kunstsalon Berlin, Galerie Kunst und Handel Graz, Kunstraum Ringstrassen, Light Art Biennale Lichtkunst 2010 Austria, Galerie Claudiana, Area 53 vienna, Citygalerie, Kunsthandel Freller


Galerie Thiele Linz, Nord Art Germany, Kunstprojekt "ghost car" zur Art Basel, Liste, Scope, Volta Show, Festival of Lights Berlin, Grevenbroich Inseln des Lichtes, KunsthausTacheles Berlin, Kunstverein Passau, ArtStays Ptuj Slovenia, Guardians of Time on tour in Venice


 Designmonat Graz, Galerie Bachlechner, Sculpture show Castle Hartberg "Slow", Ferryman Ferry Basel public Art Basel show, Occupy movement DOCUMENTA (13) Kassel Guardians of Time, Festival of Lights Berlin, Kunstmesse Linz Galerie Thiele, Art & Antiques fair vienna sculpture garden


Galerie Liebau Burghaun Fulda, Phantasten Museum Wien, Guardians of Time Settle in During Art Dubai, VBKW Künstlerparade Stuttgart, Phantasten Museum Wien, public art show Venice Biennale, SCOPE Art Show Basel Galerie Kunst und Handel, ArtBodensee GalerieGalerie Bachlechner, austrian contemporary sculptures castle Tabor, Festival of Lights Berlin, art and antiques vienna fair, Kunstmesse Fulda Galerie Liebau, IC contemporary Istanbul art project Galerie Kunst und Handel Graz vienna, Wikam Art&Antiques fair vienna sculpture garden Galerie Kunst und Handel, Art&Antique vienna Hofburg Kunsthandel Freller


 Wikam Art&Antiques fair vienna Künstlerhaus Kunsthandel Freller, Galerie Liebau Burghaun Fulda, public SCOPE Art Show Basel, Artstays Slovenia, Festival of Lights Berlin, Wikam Art&Antiques fair vienna sculpture garden Galerie Szaal, Art Salzburg Kunsthandel Freller, Art&Antique vienna Hofburg Kunsthandel Freller, Art Basel Miami Avantgallery

2015 Stilwerk Wien duekouba, Murano glass Berengo studio, Wikam Schloss Laxenburg Galerie Szaal, Wikam Künstlerhaus Kunsthandel Freller, Art & Antique Salzburg Kunsthandel Freller, 55th Venice Biennale Of Art, Collateral Event Personal Structures, Palazzo Mora, TRIO Biennial Three-dimensional Rio de Janeiro Biennial, ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Michigan USA, Art Basel Miami, Avantgallery



Switzerland, Slovakia, Salzburg Wals, ZKM Karlsruhe, Antwerp, Saatchi&Saatchi New York