Manuel Niederhafner was born near Lake Constanz and grew up in small towns surrounded by beautiful landscape in Southern Germany. Early on he was fascinated by some of the expressive drawings by Egon Schiele and paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and vainly tried to understand the magic of creating.


Later he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and came to appreciate the more calm and subtle works

of painters like Camille Corot, Johannes Vermeer and Vilhelm Hammershoi.


He also studied art conservation and restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2018-2019

and did a 1-year internship at the “Germanisches National Museum” in Nuremberg.


In his teaching Manuel likes to encourage students to contemplate the beauty of our world, which is actually made out of light, as well as giving them the means to enfolding their own talents and making their inner movements visible.