Katharina Grosse is a painter known for her use of sprayed acrylic colors to produce large-scale vibrant colorful installations as well as smaller works. Born in Freiburg, Grosse studied at the art academies of Münster and Düsseldorf under Johannes Brus, Norbert Tadeusz, and Gotthard Graubner.
Grosse uses a compressor-powered spray painter for her works, often combining loud colors in horizontal and vertical structures. The colors remain transparent, allowing the viewer to see the layers underneath. Drawing from a range of art historical practices, her work is inspired by fresco, Abstract Expressionism, and graffiti art.
Rockaway! became one her major installation. In New Orleans, after the Katrina Hurricane, Katharina Grosse painted the inside, outside and surrounding of an abandoned house before its destruction on November 30, 2016. The MoMA PS1director Klaus Biesenbach even said: “I was deeply moved that a building just waiting to be taken down was given this temporary, proud and fragile beauty.”
Since 2010, she is teaching at the Dusseldörf Art Academy. She has had solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as the Suburban in Chicago, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, among others.
Her work can be found in the permanent exhibitions of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Kunstmuseum Bern (Switzerland), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Istanbul Modern (Turkey), at the QAGOMA (Brisbane, Australia), the Pérez Art Museum Miami (USA), the Sprengel Museum (Hannover), and the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela).
Katharina Grosse currently lives and works in Düsseldorf and Berlin.