Manfred Kielnhofer was born in 1967 in Haslach an der Mühl, Austria. Kielnhofer is self-taught and his work spans a variety of different mediums, from painting, film, photography, installation to performance and sculpture. He currently lives and works in Linz, Austria where he opened the gallery Art Park in 2005.
Manfred Kielnhofer has exhibited at the following places, amongst others: Murano glass Berengo studio; Wikam Schloss Laxenburg Galerie Szaal, Wikam Künstlerhaus Kunsthandel Freller; 55th Venice Biennale Of Art, Collateral Event; Art Basel Miami Avantgallery; public SCOPE Art Show Basel; Artstays Slovenia; Festival of Lights Berlin; Wikam Art & Antiques fair; Vienna sculpture garden, Galerie Szaal; Art Salzburg Kunsthandel Freller; Sculpture show Castle Hartberg; DOCUMENTA (13); Festival of Lights Berlin; Light Art Biennale Lichtkunst 2010 Austria; Art Vilnius together with Martina Schettina, Franz West and Herbert Brandl, Artfair Berlin-Arttower, Galerie Seywald Salzburg, Mobile-Galerie Hörsching, Woka Lamps Vienna; Egon Schiele Art Centrum; Gallery Fontaine Amstetten; Skulpture garden Artpark; Allerton Art Gallery; Gallery Tampere; Giga Galerie Ansfelden; Galerie Generali Group.
Kielnhofer's work is predominantly concerned with the human figure, and its various forms and movements. The figure is an integral part of his work, and he often uses the human form as a tool, either in place of a canvas, or in a collaboration to produce large-scale installations or performances. Kielnhofer's most famous work is Guardians of Time. Drawing on religious and supernatural phenomena, the Guardians of Time are stone statues that are cloaked in hooded robes and situated to seem like they are moving forth in some kind of ritual. In some cases the figures stand alone; in other instances, they are grouped together as if whispering to each other. Kielnhofer places his statues in public places like ancient castles, old mines, plazas, and parks. They are installed and moved without fanfare, heightening the eerie, mystic aura they give off.