Friedrich Kunath (German, b.1974) is a German painter, sculptor, and photographer whose works focus mostly on love, loss, optimism, and other universal themes of the human condition. Kunath was born in Chemnitz, Germany, and he attended Peter Mertes Stipendium, Kunstverein Bonn, Germany. Examples of his work include Bureau of Sad Endings and Leaving is Overated.
Kunath's works are inspired by things such as titles, song lyrics, and other genres of art. He also draws inspiration from historical art influences including German Romanticism, Symbolism, and Conceptual Art. Kunath likes to saturate his paintings with washes of color and overlay them with different visual effects, such as cartoons and doodles. Kunath relocated to Los Angeles, CA, and spent some time there. Most of his works during this period seem to be inspired by the California environment. Kunath has said that while living in Los Angeles, his subjects darkened while his paintings brightened.
Kunath has exhibited his works widely, both in group shows and in solo exhibitions. His solo exhibitions have taken place in diverse places, including Boetnagel und Quirmback, Cologne, Germany (1998), Art 34 Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2003), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, (2004), and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY. Kunath's group exhibitions have been held in different countries, although the majority have taken place in Germany, and they include those at Galerie Peters-Barenbrock, Braunschweig, Germany (1994), Boetnagel und Quirmbach, Cologne, Germany (2002), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, (2003), and Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, (2006). Although Kunath has exhibited his work alongside many different artists, he has exhibited with Georg Herold (Geerman, b.1947) the most number of times. He has also exhibited with Rosemarie Trockel (German, b.1952), Franz West (Austrian, b.1947), and John Bock (German, b.1965) a considerable number of times. While exhibiting in the United States, Kunath frequents Blum & Poe in Los Angeles and the Andrea Rossen Gallery in New York. Kunath now lives and works in Cologne, Germany.