b. 1965, Durban
Lives and works in Cape Town


Kate Gottgens was born in 1965 in Durban and currently lives and works in Cape Town. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

Gottgens presented her first solo exhibition, Modern Wonders, in 1993 at Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg. Prior to that her work was presented as part of the group exhibition Pawn/Porn at the notorious F.I.G. Gallery in Johannesburg. In 1994 her work was shown as part of the exhibition X-it curated by Malcolm Payne.

Gottgens’ work has further been included in a number of notable group exhibitions including the Volkskas L’Atelier Award Exhibition in 1994 and 1995, the 8th New Delhi Triennale in 1994 and Scurvy at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town in 1995. SMAC Gallery included Kate Gottgens’ work in the exhibition PAINT 1: Contemporary South African Painting 2002 – 2012 in 2012 and presented her paintings at MiArt in Milan, Italy in 2014. In that same year NUNC Contemporary-Antwerp showed her work at the SCOPE FAIR in Miami Beach, USA. Other notable group exhibitions include PAPERWORK: An Exhibition of Contemporary South African Works on Paper and Viewing Room #2: Architecture both presented by SMAC Gallery in 2014. Gottgens presented her solo exhibition titled Savage Nature at Espacio Liquido, Gijon, Spain in 2014. In the same year she was the only South African selected for 100 Painters of Tomorrow, and was therefore included in the publication by Thames and Hudson and exhibition at One Art Space, New York. In 2015 her book Kate Gottgens // Paintings 2007 – 2015 was published to coincide with the exhibition Kate Gottgens: Infinite Loop exhibited at SMAC Gallery Stellenbosch. In the same year her solo show The Rising Sea was exhibited at NUNC Contemporary-Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium.


Kate Gottgens’ work is currently on show in The Vault of the new Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa, until September 2017. Kate Gottgens is the first artist to exhibit in this space.