Emanuel Bernstone studied at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie and completed his master before moving to Berlin in 2003. Bernstone received his first basic artisti training at a young age from his father, who is also an artist. During his studies at the academy Bernstone became intensively involved with film and film production and produced short feature films himself. Asked about role models, the painter replies that he was influenced above all by directors such as Lars von Trier, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Bresson and Werner Herzog. He also mentions Peter Handke, Einar Schleef and refers to the Norwegian author Jon Fosse. The preference for film and staging finds its confirmation in his art, Bernstone's painting, in particular its compositional structure is close to the cinematic image and the compositional ideas of the theater. Even closer than ideas from the traditions of painting. In the process of collecting images, the continuity of constant drawing and photography is the most important factor for the artist. As in a montage, he selects individuals from sketches and various photographs which he brings together in the process of painting and presents them in a homogeneous space. The conception of the picture is thus the product of a combination process that is no longer directly recognisable in his paintings.