Katharina Grosse

Biography of Katharina Grosse

Refusing to be limited by the conventions of painting, the work of Katharina Grosse engulfs the viewer, broadening the scope and the experience of paint’s traditional domain. Capable of transforming entire rooms into billowing and complex waves of color, her vibrant, abstract works can be exhilarating and distressing all at once. She is one of the most exciting artists working right now, and her experimental and monumental work is highly sought-after from collectors and institutions.


Born in 1961, the Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse studied at at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany, under Gerhard Richter and later at the Kunstakademie Münster. She first started attracting attention in the middle of the 1990s with her peculiar color-field paintings. Using edgy brushwork and discordant color matches, she explored the psychological impact of tones and textures while celebrating an anarchy of freedom and color. Painting for the artist, is an experience in “immersive subjectivity.”


Soon Katharina Grosse discovered the possibilities of the spray gun and has concentrated on working on-site, applying paint on all available surfaces. In her work the process itself should have a palpable interaction with the viewer. She embraces the incidents and accidents that arise as she paints, so that the works exude a spontaneous energy. This is in line with the temporal aspect of the work, which is intended to integrate the public in a powerful aesthetic experience, encompassing architecture painting and sculpture.


Katharina Grosse’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Deutsche Bank Collection and the UBS Art Collection. She was involved it the 56th Venice Biennale in Italy in 2015. Recent solo institutional exhibitions include at the “Hammer Projects: Katharina Grosse”, at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, 2001, “Seven Hours, Eight Rooms, Three Trees” at the Museum Wiesbaden in Germany in 2015, as well as the Museum Frieder Burda in Germany in 2016. In 2016 her public work Rockaway!, for MoMA PS1 Rockaway Program was unveiled at Fort Tilden. 

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