Katherine Gailer AKA Katira is a committed multidisciplinary artist. Originally from Colombia and currently working in Australia, Gailer creates visual narratives exploring characters, our natural environment, cultural identity and spaces of contemporary design. She graduated with honours from a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed an Arts Management Masters Degree– both at RMIT University. Her interest in contemporary visual & urban culture has led her to diversify her creative career. Her practice includes oil/ mural painting, illustration, design and music.
Gailer’s creative expression evokes a sense of strength coupled with fragility; A delicate balance essential to all living organisms. It celebrates resilience and liberation and clamours for an urgent need to restore the invisible fabric that weaves together humans and nature; underscoring a main theme that looks at the complex relationship between fragility and strength, vulnerability and empowerment.
Moreover her artworks can also be interpreted as a series of confronting tensions to articulate the essence of the Feminine as a force of relatedness in our world today.
View Artist Statement and CV here.
Awards and Recognitions include:
Winner • 2018 People’s Choice Award at Corangamarah Art Prize (Australia)
Winner • 2018 Packer’s Art Prize (Red Rock Regional Gallery, Australia)
Winner • 2017 ROI Art Prize (Australia)
Finalist • 2017, Emerging Art Awards (Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Australia)
Finalist • 2017, Contemporary Art Awards (Australia)
Featured • 2017, Melbourne Fringe Festival Award Winning Exhibition: Fifty Shades Of Blak
Featured • 2016, Malaysia Art Expo Plus (KL, Malaysia)
Finalist • 2015, Brisbane Art Prize (Australia)
Finalist • 2014, Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Awarded • 2014, 29th Chelsea International Art Competition (USA)
Winner • 2011, Tolarno Hotel Annual Award (Australia)