B. 1957, Belgium
Solange Knopf was born in Brussels. Like many others of her generation she dipped in and out of the world counterculture of the sixties and seventies and travelled the globe (India, Afghanistan, Iran, Morocco). Circumstances led to some personal tragedies and drawing became a way of assuaging pain, depression and confusion, confronting her own and other's demons to give her life a focus.
In her work, Knopf is able to create fantastical spaces, where the lines move, and if symmetrical, never mathematically. Much of Knopf's drawings are drafted on pages of poety by authors such as Charles Baudelaire and Guillaume Apollinaire. In subsequent series, such as Behind the Darkness and Spirit Codex, Knopf manifested her dreams and fears, arriving at joy through the nightmares of the former, in paintings and drawings, some two meters long. Nightmares sometimes return. In her newest series, Invocations, the artist has found the healing capacity of color—its vibrational presence, and the healing properties of plants.
Knopf's work has been featured in exhibitions at the Menil Collection (Houston), Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago), and Musée d’Art Spontané (Brussels).