Robert Knipschild was born in 1927, in Freeport, Illinois. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, and at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he worked under Zoltan Sepeshy. In 1950, at the age of twenty-three, his work was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s widely acclaimed exhibition “American Painting Today.” Since that time he has received wide recognition, with over seventy-five, one-man shows and several prizes in important competitive exhibitions. Knipschild’s work has been exhibited in the Boston Museum; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum, the Corcoran; De Young Museum, San Francisco; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum and Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Knipschild’s work has also been included in important surveys of American Art including the Annuals of the Whitney Museum, the Carnegie Institute, the Walker Art Center, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Butler Museum, and the Kansas City Museum. He has also exhibited in museums in Europe, Japan and Australia.
After a brief illness, Robert Knipschild passed away on November 20, 2004, leaving an important legacy in painting that cover a fifty-year career. At heart, Knipschild was a landscape painter with a highly evolved and poetic sense for abstraction. His achievement was to synthesize a painting style that interlocked idea and technique onto the modern picture plane. Very well regarded in his lifetime, Knipschild has also been accorded the honor of two retrospective exhibitions. In his position as painting instructor at the University of Cincinnati, Fine Art graduate department, he influenced many of Louisville, Kentucky’s finest artists.