GEORGINA GRATRIX

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 studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, and graduated in 2005, specialising in painting. In 2008, Gratrix presented her debut solo exhibition, Master Copy, in Cape Town, South Africa.

With numerous successful group and solo exhibitions both locally and internationally, Gratrix continues to garner impressive recognition. Her international solo debut, Everything Ecstatic, was held in 2010 at Ten Haaf Projects in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Gratrix presented My Show in 2012 at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, which was followed, in 2013, by The Berlin Paintings at Die Tankstelle in association with Nolan Judin Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Her most recent solo exhibitions include: Puppy Love, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town during 2016 and was accompanied by the self-titled publication, Georgina Gratrix; a solo presentation at the 2017 edition of  MiArt Fair in Milan, Italy  and a solo exhibition entitled On Repeat at SMAC gallery in Johannesburg.

Notable group exhibitions include: Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart at the New Church Museum in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015; PAPERWORK: An Exhibition of Contemporary South African Works on Paper at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2014; The Beautyful Ones at Nolan Judin Gallery in Berlin, Germany, in 2013 and Dialogues with Masters: Visual Perspectives on Two Decades of Democracy, a curated exhibition for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair.

In 2013, Gratrix’s work formed part of Paddle 8: Curator’s Selection by Tania Pardo for ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, Spain. In 2012, Gratrix exhibited in Subject as Matter at the New Church Museum and in PAINT 1: Contemporary South African Painting at SMAC Gallery, both in Cape Town, South Africa. 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, Netherlands in 2009.

Gratrix is a featured artist in Ashraf Jamal’s recent Skira publication entitled In The World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art. In addition Gratrix participated in group exhibitions presented by SMAC Gallery at both the 2018 and 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa. Gratrix’s work was also included in Print Promises – a printmaking exhibition at the Iziko South African national gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2018; and she was awarded the Discovery Prize at the 50th Anniversary edition of Art Brussels, for her presentation with SMAC Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. Gratrix is the most recent recipient of the Ampersand Fellowship Award, completing a residency at the Ampersand Foundation in New York City, USA, during September 2018. Gratrix also recently partook in a curatorial project, titled Crossing Night, in Oaxaca, Mexico, which entailed a two-month long residency at the centro de las Artes Augustin (CASA) and culminated with an exhibition early in November 2018. Gratrix recently exhibited with SMAC Gallery at the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa.

upcoming

SMAC Gallery is participating in artmonte-carlo with a solo presentation of new works by Georgina Gratrix. The fair will run from 26 to 28 April 2019 at Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Gratrix will be included in SMAC Galleries group presentation at Art Brussels 2019 at Tour & Taxis from 25 to 28 April in Brussels, Belgium.

 

[upcoming] Art Brussels | Tour & Taxis | Brussels, Belgium | 2019

Investec Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2019

Wish You Were Here | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

Everybody loves the sunshine | Plus One Gallery | Antwerp, Belgium | 2018

Print Promises | Iziko South African National Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Arica | 2018

PROOF | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2018

Investec Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town International Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

ARTISSIMA | Oval Lingotto Fiere | Turin, Italy | 2017

X: Part I | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2017

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2017

UPSTART/STARTUP | SMAC Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016

Paperwork: an exhibition of Contemporary South African works on paper | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2014

miart | Fiero Milano City | Milan, Italy | 2014

The Xmas Show | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2014

PAINT I: Contemporary South African Painting 2002 – 2012 | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2013

Back to the Future: Abstract Art in South Africa Past and Present | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2013

COLLECTION 17 Modern and Contemporary South African Art: 1952 – 2012 | Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees / National Arts Festival | Potchefstroom | 2012

Divisions: Aspects of South African Art 1948 – 2010 | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2010

Danielle Walsh | Vanity Fair | 9 of the Most Exciting Artists to Follow from Miami Art Week 2018 | 13 December 2018 – PDF

Dekat | Aspire Art auctions in major market breakthrough | 30 October 2018 – PDF

Denis Maksimov | Ocula Magazine | Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels | 27 April 2018 – PDF

Amy Gibbings | ARTAFRICA | Georgina Gratrix awarded Discovery Prize | 26 April 2018 – PDF

Lucy Scovell | Apollo | Art Brussels celebrates it’s 50th anniversary by looking to the future | 21 April 2018 – PDF

Nate Freeman | Artsy | Art Brussels Dares Collectors to Take Risks on Young Artists – and Succeeds | 20 April 2018 – PDF

Mary Corrigall | Sunday Argus | Let Them Eat Canvas Cakes | 27 March 2016 – PDF

Mary Corrigall | Times Live | Art of the matter: Painting’s gone to the dogs | 23 February 2016

Ashraf Jamal | ART AFRICA | Symptoms Articulated as Objects: FNB Joburg ArtFair 2015 | December 2015 – PDF

Matthew Partridge | Mail & Guardian | Different Strokes for Different Folks | 13 April 2012 – PDF