Born 1980 in Graz/Austria, i grew up in a family of art lovers. Our house was decorated with artwork by Egon Schiele, Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali. At the age of 7 I started painting and tried to copy the masterpieces surrounded me for years. One of my oldest memories was sitting in a gallery and trying to understand why people were fascinated by the “Water Lilies” from a guy called “Monet”.

Even as a teenager I was fascinated by new innovations and as soon as I got my first computer. I also got into combining visual creativity with new technology. After learning graphic design in school I worked as a designer for various companies for several years. I have created layouts for websites, logos, posters, brochures, fashion, etc.

At the age of 23 I turned another hobby into a profession: photography. For many years I have learned from great photographers in various fields of photography. I have been travelling around the world and, among other things, was the official team photographer for Red Bull Racing in Formula 1 and the official photographer of the “Life Ball” for “Getty Images”, the largest photo agency in the world.

At the age of 32 I began developing my own projects as an art director, which have resulted in receiving awards from Art Basel Miami, Biennale Venice and many others. Arising from that I had the pleasure of working with famous artists such as Andreas Gursky, Erwin Wurm and Herbert Brandl.

I learned a lot from analysing the work of the ancient painters. I have been experimenting with image composition rules and its psychological effects on the viewers. New technology open up exciting possibilities for me as an artist. I enjoy the process of creation, where all the influences, impressions, experiences and skills add up and flow into my current work.


 

The Sony Image Ambassador Program serves as an umbrella organization for the best photographers in Europe. We use our skills and creativity to showcase the benefits and qualities of Sony products. Through the program, the Ambassadorsinspire and motivate anyone interested in photography and videography.

Ambassador Mathias Kniepeiss

Stories:

Footvolley | https://www.sony.at/alphauniverse/stories/footvolley
Bodypaint Animals | https://www.sony.at/alphauniverse/stories/changing-for-the-better
Sound of Silence | https://www.sony.at/alphauniverse/stories/time-to-create
Museum of Illusions | https://www.sony.at/alphauniverse/stories/creativity-from-adversity


Awards

 

2022 – New York Photography Awards – 2x Gold & 2x Silver – Fine Art Fashion, People Conceptual, People Emotion & Architecture Abstract
2022 – MonoVisions Photography Awards1st Place – Black & White Abstract Photo of the Year 2022 & 4 Nominations – Travel & Architecture
2022 – IPA International Photo Awards – 2nd Place – Summer sports & 5 Official Selection´s – Architecture, Landscape & Travel
2021 – London International Creative Competition – finalist & official selection – category Shoot (Photo/Video)
2021 – PX3 Paris – Silver Award – category professional Advertising/Product
2021 – Lürzer´s Archive – 200 Best Ad Photographers worldwide
2021 – FEP – Commercial Golden Camera & 9 awards – categories Advertising, Fine Art & Reportage
2021 – Color Awards – Honor of Distinction – category Advertising
2020 – One Eyeland – 10 Awards – Photographer of the year, 2x Gold, 3x Silver & 4x Bronze – categories Advertising, Fine Art & People
2020 – FEP – Sports Golden Camera & 3 awards
2019 – UMBRA International – Gold & Bronze award – category Sports Racing
2019 – FEP – 3 awards – category Digital & Fine Art
2019 – ITSLIQUID – International Art Contest Biennale Venice award
2018 – LICC London International Creative Competition – official selection
2018 – FEP – Sports Silver Camera & 3 awards
2017 – PX3 Paris – silver award – category Advertising & Beauty
2016 – FEP – Commercial Bronze Camera, Sports Bronze Camera & 6 awards
2015 – CIDPAE – China International digital photography art award – gold
2015 – PX3 Paris – 3 awards – 2x silver, 1x bronze – category Advertising & Portrait
2014 – Art Basel Miami – young artist of the year award
2012 – Black and White Spider – Honorable Mention – category Sports
2011 – Al Thany Book Award
2011 – World Bodypainting Photo Award
2011 – FEP – bronze Award – category Portrait
2010 – International Aperture Bronze Award – category People & Portrait


Exhibitions

 

2022 – „Cave of Drones“ –  solo exhibition at „Photo Münsingen” in Münsingen/Switzerland
2019 – „Faces of Venice“ – solo exhibition at „Theater am Spittelberg“ in Vienna/Austria
2019 – „Faces of Venice“ – group exhibition at Anima Mundi Festival Biennale Venice/Italy
2019 – „Faces of Venice“ – solo exhibition at Ca´Sagredo Hotel in Venice/Italy
2018 – „Faces of Venice“ – group exhibition at ShaMa group in World Trade Center New York/USA
2018 – „Menschenbilder“ – group exhibition in Styria/Austria
2017 – „Vernissage Brilliant LED Printing“ – group exhibition in cooperation with Medienfabrik in Graz/Austria
2016 – „Lust & Laster“ – solo exhibition at Cafe Kaiserfeld in Graz/Austria
2016 – „Rococo, Mafia & Birth of Beauty“ – solo exhibition at Hotel Hyatt in Vienna/Austria
2016 – „Menschenbilder“ – group exhibition in Styria/Austria
2016 – „Rococo“ – group exhibition at Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui/China
2015 – „Rococo“ – group exhibition at Art Basel in Miami/USA
2015 – „Menschenbilder“ – group exhibition in Styria/Austria
2014 – „Menschenbilder“ – group exhibition in Styria/Austria
2013 – „Rococo“ – solo exhibition at San Pietro in Graz/Austria


Publications

 

Playboy, People Magazin, Glamour Magazine, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, View Magazin, Metro, Herald Tribune, Sinflash, Bild, Auto Touring, Autobild, News, Sportmagazin, Red Bulletin, TV Media, Kurier, Kronen Zeitung, Kleine Zeitung, Österreich, Salzburger Nachrichten, Tiroler Tageszeitung, Megaphon, ESPN.com, AOL, Discovery Website, Heinrich Bauer Verlag, Swisscom, 999 Magazine, Neue Luzerner Zeitung, TMZ, Yahoo, BBC, Rollingstone, MGN, CNN, MTV Networks,…


Clients