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 was the recipient of the Ampersand Fellowship Award, resulting in a residency in New York City, USA, in 2019, and was selected for the prestigious Thames & Hudson publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow.

In 2020, Gottgens presented her critically acclaimed solo exhibition, Skyglow on Mars Black, at SMAC in Cape Town. Earlier solo exhibitions include: Tired from Smiling at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2017; Famine at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016; Infinite Loop at SMAC in Stellenbosch, Savage Nature at Espacio Liquido in Gijon, Spain, in 2014; MALICE Aforethought at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2013.

Group exhibitions include: A Show of Solidarity, a group exhibition in support of the South African Solidarity Fund during a nationwide enforced lockdown, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2020; the Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg and Suitcase Show, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, as part of the group show in collaboration with Galleria Massimo Minini, both in 2019; Bathing, curated by Brian Shure at Planthouse Gallery in New York City, USA, in 2018; Summer Show ’16 at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2016; Imago Mundi, a travelling exhibition held at Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome; Ca’ dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy both in 2014; the 8th New Delhi Triennale in India in 1994 and Scurvy at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town in 1995.

Gottgens’ art fair participation includes a solo booth at Untitled, Art in Miami Beach, USA in 2019, as well as group presentations at artmonte-carlo in Monaco, Artissima in Turin, Italy, and Miart in Milan, among others.

To date, SMAC Gallery has published two books on Gottgens: Kate Gottgens // Paintings 2007 – 2015 and Gottgens // Paintings 2015 – 2017.
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