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b. 1982, Mexico City, Mexico.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.


Georgina Gratrix was born in Mexico City in 1982 and grew up in Durban, South Africa. She graduated from The Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2005, specialising in painting. In 2022, Gratrix is the artist-in residence at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2018, Gratrix was awarded the Discovery Prize at the 50th Anniversary edition of Art Brussels, for her presentation with SMAC Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. Gratrix is a recipient of the Ampersand Fellowship Award and completed a residency at the Ampersand Foundation in New York City, USA in 2018, as well as a residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, in association with a Centro de las Artes Augustín (CASA) culminating in a group exhibition entitled Crossing Night in the same year.

In 2022, Gratrix presented a solo exhibition titled The Cult of Ugliness at The Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2021, the Norval Foundation in Cape Town presented a major solo exhibition entitled Georgina Gratrix: The Reunion, the artist’s first museum exhibition. Further solo exhibitions include: THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, at the KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts in Durban, South Africa(2021); The Pleasure is Mine and Nine Weeks, at Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles, USA (2020); On Repeat, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg (2018); Puppy Love, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, (2016); The Berlin Paintings at Die Tankstelle in association with Nolan Judin Gallery in Berlin, Germany (2013); My Show at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch (2012); and Everything Ecstatic, at Ten Haaf Projects in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2010.

In 2022, Gratrix presented her work at the Armory Art Fair, in New York, USA with Nicodim Gallery. Notable recent group exhibitions include:Would you still love me if I painted parrots all day? At  Dirimart  in Istanbul, Turkey; Inner Landscapes at Bloom Galerie in Geneva Switzerland and Fifty Sounds at Galerie Kiche in Seoul, Korea (all in 2022); Everything & The Art(s) at Page Gallery in Seoul, South Korea and 021 – 2021 and Stevenson Gallery, Amsterdam (all in 2021); In 2020, SHAPING THINGS: An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa;  Punch, curated by Nina Chanel Abney, at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles, USA; Skin Stealers at Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles; and The Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa, all in 2019; Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart at the New Church Museum in Cape Town, South Africa (2015); PAPERWORK: An Exhibition of Contemporary South African Works on Paperat SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch (2014); The Beautyful Ones at Nolan Judin Gallery in Berlin, Germany (2013), and Dialogues with Masters: Visual Perspectives on Two Decades of Democracy, a curated exhibition for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair; Subject as Matter at the New Church Museum; and PAINT 1: Contemporary South African Painting at SMAC Gallery, both in Cape Town, South Africa (2012). Her work was also included in 1910- 2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010 and Fresh Fruits at Ten Haaf Projects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2009.

In addition to her solo presentation at Art Brussels, Gratrix has presented solo booths at The Armory Show in New York City (2020), artmonte-carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco (2019), and Miart in Milan, Italy (2017). To date, SMAC Gallery has produced two publications on the artist, Georgina Gratrix (2016) and Some New Paintings by Georgina Gratrix (2018).


On Repeat
09 . 09 . 17 – 07 . 10 . 17 | Johannesburg

Puppy Love
13.02.16 – 02.04.16 | Cape Town

My Show
29.03.12 – 24.05.12 | Stellenbosch

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