Friedrich Kunath was born in Chemnitz, Germany. At the end of the 1990s he completed his studies at the University of the Arts in Braunschweig, and since 2007 he has lived and worked in Los Angeles. His work encompasses various media – painting, installation, neon signs – and often combines text and image. Kunath examines the emotions of the human spirit, from desire to loneliness, and focuses in particular on melancholy, disillusionment and vulnerability, creating works that present real or fictional scenarios featuring vague and solitary characters. In The past is a foreign country (2011), for example, the character’s head, imprisoned in a snow dome with his eyes closed, suggests a failed attempt to deny the past. Kunath reflects on the promise that Los Angeles represented for generations of emigrants, which the city simultaneously maintains and disappoints.
Exhibitions dedicated to Kunath’s work have been held at White Cube, London (2013), Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2012), Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2011). His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12).