Michael Knigin Biography

Michael Knigin




Michael Jay Knigin, painter, printmaker, muralist, photographer, and teacher, was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 9, 1942. He received his BFA in 1966 from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1964 he was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant, which enabled him to study printmaking at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop and collaborated with Mexican Master Rufino Tamayo. Knigin was a full professor at the Pratt Graphic Center in Manhattan between 1967 and 2003. From 1968 through 1972, he also co-owned and directed the Chiron Press where he worked with Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, and Tom Wesselman. In 1974, he served as Art and Technical Director of the Burston Graphics Art Centre in Jerusalem.

In 1988, Knigin was appointed to the NASA Art Team and was sent to the Kennedy Space Center to visually interpret the launch of the space shuttle Discovery.  In 1991, Nasa recalled him to interpret the touchdown of the space shuttle Atlantis. Knigin's works were exhibited widely and are in numerous permanent collections including the Albright-Knox Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Mellon Institute, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Library of Congress, McNay Museum, Mexico City Museum of Modern Art, Portland Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Worchester Museum of Art.

With Murray Zimiles, Knigin co-authored The Technique of Fine Art Lithography in 1969, and Contemporary Lithographic Workshops around the World in 1974.

Michael J. Knigin died in Westhampton, N.Y. on January 19, 2011.