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b. 1965, Durban, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kate Gottgens was born in 1965 in Durban, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Gottgens graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, in 1987. Gottgens is the most recent recipient of the Ampersand Fellowship Award, resulting in a residency in New York City, USA.

In 2020, Gottgens’ participated in SMAC Gallery’s ongoing project, Artist Room, showcasing a solo presentation of new works. Earlier in 2020, her work was included in SMAC Gallery’s group presentation at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), in Cape Town South Africa, as well as A Show of Solidarity, a group exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2019 her works were included in the Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as SMAC Gallery’s presentation at FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gottgens recently presented a body of new works as part of SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Untitled, Art in Miami, USA.

Earlier solo exhibitions include: Cold Cuts as part of SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Sydney Contemporary in Sydney, Australia in 2018; Tired from Smiling at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2017; Famine at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016; MALICE Aforethought at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2013; Merry Hell and the Dreambody in 2010; Asleep Inside You in 2009; and Little Deaths in 2007. In 2014 Gottgens made her international debut Savage Nature at Espacio Liquido in Gijon, Spain. Following Gottgens’ inclusion as the only South African selected for Thames and Hudson’s publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2014, her work was exhibited at One Art Space in New York City, USA as part of the exhibition to launch the publication. In 2015, SMAC Gallery published Kate Gottgens // Paintings 2007 – 2015 to coincide with her exhibition Infinite Loop in Stellenbosch. In 2017 SMAC Gallery published Gottgens’ second book, Gottgens // Paintings 2015 – 2017 to coincide with her exhibition, Tired From Smiling. She presented her first solo exhibition in 1993 entitled Modern Wonders.

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