b. 1965, Durban
Lives and works in Cape Town


Kate Gottgens was born in Durban in 1965 and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, in 1987. She presented her first solo exhibition in 1993 and subsequent solo shows include, most recently Famine at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, Merry Hell and the Dreambody (2010); Asleep Inside You (2009); and Little Deaths (2007).

In 2013, SMAC Gallery presented Malice Afore-thought, her first solo exhibition with the gallery, in Cape Town. This was followed by her international debut, Savage Nature at Espacio Liquido in Gijon, Spain in 2014. Gottgens has exhibited in numerous group shows locally and abroad since 1988, most notably; the 8th New Delhi Triennale (1994) and Scurvy at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town (1995).

SMAC Gallery presented Gottgens’ work at MiArt in Milan, Italy (2014) and other international fairs include SCOPE FAIR in Miami Beach, USA (2014). Following Gottgens’ inclusion as the only South African selected for Thames and Hudson’s publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow (2014), her work was exhibited at One Art Space in New York, USA as part of the exhibition to launch the publication. In 2015, SMAC Gallery published Kate Gottgens // Paintings 2007 – 2015 to coincide with her review exhibition Infinite Loop in Stellenbosch, South Africa. That same year, she also presented a solo show; The Rising Sea at NUNC Contemporary-Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium. Gottgens’ work is currently on show in The Vault of the new Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa – she is the first artist to exhibit in this space.



Gottgens’ work will be included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at ARTISSIMA in Turin, Italy (03 – 05 November 2017). Gottgens is preparing for her upcoming solo show at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town to open in December 2017. This will be accompanied by a new publication: Kate Gottgens: Paintings 2015 – 2017.