Katja Wittmer


Born in 1972, Katja Wittmer grew up in Germany, Brazil and the United States. Besides receiving a multinational education, she was able to experience foreign cultures and mentalities which enriched her life immensely on a personal and professional level. Her formal education consists of a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Auburn University at Montgomery, USA, which she received with cum laude honors in 1997. During her studies, Katja Wittmer was awarded the prestigious Betty Hood Poormann scholarship for artistic excellence. After finishing her studies, the artist left the southern States and has been travelling the world and working in numerous different countries ever since. Her Art is her medium to express personal thoughts, emotions and philosophies. In the last years, Katja Wittmer's paintings have been shown in exhibitions all over the world, including USA, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.

The main aspect of her artworks, which are mostly mixed media on canvas / paper and digital prints, is nakedness— not only physical nudity per se, but more extensively the subject of emotional and psychological nakedness. Fears, experiences and state of mind are manifested and revealed through body language. In her paintings, the artist asks questions which through individual association confronts the spectator with his own subtle and concealed emotions.

Wittmer's new series of 13 Digital Prints, The War Series, for instance projects the reality of war into her own environment. The elements in her works which criticise society and politics, give an impulse for reflecting upon your own ideals, morals, fears and associations. Wittmer's works deal with the human body being medium and stage for joy and sorrow. The confrontation with her works' complex "visual language" encourages an intellectual reflection upon life, virtues, ethics and other subjects and themes that are emphasized by the artist.

Katja Wittmer's art deals with looking behind the scenes and exploring the emotional abyss. She showsthe complex facets of humankind —Ups and Downs, Lights and Shadows, Love and Hate