Since 1984
I studied philosophy in Munich (Hochschule für Theologie und Philosophie,
Philosophische Fakultät S . J .)

Since 1986
I began practical work at a theatre (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz,Munich) .
At the same time I took lessons in printing and sculpture (Robert Vorhammer)
at the “academy of arts” in Munich, "Projekt1"

In 1990
I finished my studies sucessfully with the diploma in stage- and costume-design
after four years at the “Mozarteum“ , Salzburg, Austria (Prof . H .- B. Galleè)

Excursions
While studying I worked on paintings for stage-decorations at the
“Festspielhaus Salzburg“ ( Prof.O.Schwarz )
and created some of the ceiling- and wallpaintings at the Castle
"Burg Vöstenhof" in Austria (near Vienna) with another artist.

1988
I travelled through USA for about three months (New York, Philadelphia, Florida), to get an impression of famous european historical and modern
art while visiting the museums and galleries abroad.

First Steps

Since 1991
I have been engaged in different theatre - projekts (Renitenztheater,
Suttgart / international, multicultural Varietè-Show, Theater auf dem Killesberg,
 Stuttgart).
and I had my first exhibition of own paintings and prints at the
“Goethe -Institute“ Staufen, near Freiburg

The Path
After two years
engagement at the "Städt. Bühnen Krefeld-Mönchengladbach" and
two years at the "Staatstheater Hannover", where I have signed
responsible for the stage-design for different projects, my own artwork
became most important for me!;)

Since 1997
I am self-employed as an artist in painting and sculpture .

Exhibitions :

1991
Paintings and prints at the “Goethe -Institute“ Staufen, Freiburg

2003
Animal-portraits at the “Postergalerie – Flensburg.“

2004/05
Permanent Exhibition with paintings at the
"Expo-Plaza" ( World-trade-center, Expo-Area, Hannover )

2005
Paintings at the Lawyers-Office, Sedanstr.6, Hannover

2005
Taking part in the project "Art – Market", Hannover.
( Shura Kraeff ), Germany

2006
Permanent Exhibitionat the “Gesundheitszentrum“, Lemgo, NRW

2006
Taking part in the projekt "Art – Market ", Hannover 

2007
Paintings at the "Cafè Zeitlos", Steinheim, NRW.

2007
Taking part in the project "Offene Ateliers, Lippe", NRW

2008, Juli
Exhibition as a member of the arts-club "Das Fachwerk", Bad
Salzuflen, NRW, Germany

2010, Aug. to Oct.
Exhibition “Kraft und Linie“, auf dem Gelände “Kultur im Sonnentau“,
Visselhövede, Niedersachsen, “Kunst Im Turm e.V.“

2010, Nov.
Designing the CD-Cover for the “Paha Pajari“-Theatre Project and being guest of honour at the
theatre-event opening night at “Ilmarinen“, Kitee-Sali.Kitee,Finland

12.11.2011
Exhibition with the long-term project “NightwishArt“ and the presentation of the “Nightwish-Art-Calendar 2012“ (incl.donations to Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliiton Kiteen)
Thanks to Tuomas Holopainen(„Nightwish“),Kirsti-Nortia and Pentti Holopainen, “Osuuspankki“, Kitee for their kind support.
at Kiteen Evankelinen Kansanopisto, Kitee, Finland

2012, 19.05.
Exhibition of the long-term project „Nightwish Art“with original drawings and huge artprints.
Thanks to Kirsti Nortia - and Pentti Holopainen,
Markus Sotikov ( Kuva Velhot Oy ) and the Finnish Rockband “Slide Mobile“
at Kuva Velhot Oy, Joensuu, Finland

2013, 09.07 - 31.08
Exhibition of “Nightwish Art“(within the “Nightwish-days 2013“of Kitee, Organization: Eeva Nygren, Kiteen Evankelinen Kansanopisto )kindly supported by Seppo Savolainen, Kirsti Nortia - and Pentti Holopainen
at Kitee Sali -Foyer, “Ilmarinen“, Kitee, Karelia, Finland

2013 , summer
A lot of my art pieces have been presented within the official „Nightwish -Exhibiton“at Kitee Museo, kindly supported by Kirsti Nortia -Holopainen

2014, 24.04
Book-Release -Event of my Twinsoul fairytale: “The Wolf And The Seagull“
under my new Finnish artist name: Tarina Benqvist in English and German version.
Kindly supported by my dear guests and Tuomas Holopainen, Kirsti Nortia-and Pentti Holopainen, Timo and Nina Holopainen,
at Restaurant Reino, Kitee, Finland

2014, 07.07. - 31.08
Fourth Exhibition of “Nightwish Art“
at the Restaurant “Reino“(Timo and Nina Holopainen),Kitee, Finland

2014
Many exhibits of my art were included within the official „Nightwish Exhibition“2014 at the public Museum of Kitee, Finland.


Some examples of “Nightwish Art“you can find on my project related homepages,  please feel free to have a closer look :
www.nightwishart.com
https://www.facebook.com/Nightwish.Art/photos_albums
My media and press articles in Finland :
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.297110373642691.71337.290609557626106&type=3

with best regards, Katharina Benkwitz