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Julian Liknaitzky

President – Knight Galleries International Limited
Biography: 

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Completed Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1986.
Moved to Toronto, Canada in 1989 to set up Knight Galleries International Limited, an international art gallery focusing on South African and international art work.

Over the last 21 years has earned a reputation as an internationally renowned art dealer with a well established global clientele.

Strong working relationships with the South African government in Canada and South Africa, particularly in the Department of Arts and Culture, international museums such as the Royal Ontario Museum, The New York Metropolitan Museum and The South African Museum, as well as leading South African curators.

Project Director for Freedom to Freedom,2000-2004, an aesthetic production and joint initiative with the Royal Ontario Museum to create a greater understanding of South Africa, its arts, culture and history. Exhibited at The Castle in Cape Town under the name "Democracy X" The project was one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in the history of South Africa, incorporating art, artefacts and experiential exhibitory.

Current Business Interests
Since 1989 KNIGHT GALLERIES INTERNATIONAL LIMITED – Toronto, Canada
[A highly regarded, full service gallery, serving the needs of a prestigious base of individual and corporate clients]

Position Held
President
Secures art work and sculpture on behalf of an international client base, dealing globally.
Maintains a significant inventory of South African and international artists, available for viewing at the gallery, on the website and via e-mail. Enjoys a reputation for cutting edge digital photography which ensures highest quality of imagery for electronic viewing.
Travels extensively, viewing and securing art and broadening overall knowledge.
Exhibits the work of South African artists in Canada, United States and South Africa.

Major Exhibitions
1989 - Miro, Moore and Lichtenstein
1990 - Douglas Portway
1990 - New African Encounters
1991 - Marc Chagall
1992 -Quintessential Hockney
1993 - South African Art-World Trade Centre, Toronto
1993 - Mzimba and Sibisi
1994 - Windows on the New South Africa - WTC, Toronto
1995 - New Horizons - Arts and Events Gallery
1996 -Tomorrow is Now - Arts and Events - Toronto
1996 - Tomorrow is now -Robson Sq. - Vancouver
1997 - Images of Freedom - Arts and Events -Toronto
1997 - Images of Freedom Robson Sq. - Vancouver
1997 - Simplicity
1998 - Ndebele Images - Then and Now
1998 - Artists of South Africa - Learning Network Gallery
1999 - The International Collection - 1st Canadian Place
2000 - Art, Beads and Culture
2001 -Emergence - Ingram Fine Art Gallery
2002-10- Showcasing South African and International Art in Canada

Since 2001 FREEDOM TO FREEDOM
[A joint initiative with the Royal Ontario Museum to create a greater understanding of South Africa, its arts, culture and history, on a global basis]

Position Held
Project Director
Designed, developed and successfully marketed the concept to various stakeholders such as Royal Ontario Museum.

Current Business Interests (Continued)
On completion of 12 months intensive research into the history of South African art, was appointed Director for the project which is scheduled to be inaugurated in South Africa in 2003. The flagship launch will include the showing of several significant pieces such as The Golden Rhinoceros, pertinent to South African history, which was precluded from public display by the previous government.

Currently networking with the Department of Arts and Culture and other South African government departments in planning and structuring the launch of the first exhibition. Identified and appointed curators and agents in South Africa, specialists in their respective fields, to source suitable pieces and manage the complex logistics of transportation and security associated with a major project of this nature. Working in close contact with leading South African curators and museums in developing the project. The initiative will bring , one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in the history of South Africa, incorporating art, artefacts and experiential exhibitory.

Since 2005

Working with acclaimed South African Artist and collector Karel Nel on a project entitled "Wondering the World". Currently working with the Royal Ontario Museum and Smithsonian Institute to exhibit show throughout North America.

Previous Business Interests
1987 – 1988 NATALIE KNIGHT GALLERIES - South Africa
Broadened interest in and knowledge of South African art, while gaining a valuable insight into the day to management of a highly regarded art gallery, representing a number of well known South African artists such as Velaphi Mzimba, Thomas Kgope, Alfred Thoba, Tommy Motswai and others.
1989-Moved to Toronto, Canada to establish Knight Galleries International.

Career in Law
1986 -1989
On completion of two years articles of clerkship, was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
Appointed as a Professional Assistant in the well known, long established firm of Sloot Broido, Hesselson and Liknaitzky in Johannesburg.
Gained experience across a broad spectrum of general legal practise, at increasing levels of seniority and responsibility