Kati Heck


German artist Kati Heck uses a unique synthesis of photorealism, illustration and painterly expression to create seemingly collaged paintings. Heck’s work is often auto-biographical and explores her personal experiences as well as elements of contemporary culture through outside references of pornography, architecture, art history and instruction manuals. The possible narratives in her work are influenced by comics, mystery novels and film and often contain people from the artist’s immediate environment, such as family and friends. Heck’s paintings appear at first to be collaged, but they are actually meticulously painted to only appear constructed. The paintings offer new meanings from the associated images while hiding the actual methods of their creation. Heck currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Last year, she exhibited at W139 in Amsterdam and Marc Selwyn Gallery in Los Angeles. Heck studied at the Akademie voor schone Kunsten in Antwerp and was a guest student at the Akademie der bildenden Kunste in Vienna, Austria, and the Akademie Munster in Germany. Currently, Heck is represented by John Connelly Presents in New York and Gallery Annie Gentils in Antwerp.