Selected works by Kati Heck

Kati Heck
Rainer Sagt


Acrylic, oil/canvas, papier maché, wood

289.6 x 411.5 cm

Kati Heck approaches painting as a cacophony of pre-fab languages. Her canvases give the illusion of collage: stylistically blending photorealism, illustration, cartoon, and expressive painterly gestures, and incorporating their associative references of porn, instructional manuals, humour, and art history. Her works are grounded in both formalism and fiction. Influenced by comics, mystery novels, and film, each painting plays out a possible narrative, using compositional elements to create suggestive links between her visual descriptions.
Heck has been described as a ‘post-feminist’ because of her confrontational representation of the female body. Reminiscent of Rita Ackerman’s portraits of corrupted innocence and Franz West’s innuendo laden collages, Heck’s monumental sized paintings draw from both personal experience and popular culture, creating a heightened sense of drama or glamour from the everyday. Often depicting herself and people she knows, her works operate as theatres of fantasy projection, using the diversity of painting as a means to engage with the potential of imagination.

Kati Heck
Die Nachbarn II-Schnitzeljagd


Oil on canvas

285 x 240 cm
Kati Heck
Popo Moment


Oil on canvas

273 cm x 274 cm

Kati Heck's Biography

Born in 1979, Düsseldorf, Germany
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium


Heimlich Manoeuvre, Sadie Coles HQ, London

Meister Stuten Stellvertreter, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Holy Hauruck, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

Ins Büro!, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago (IL), USA

Mann o Mann, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

KOPF = KOPFNUSS, CAC Malaga, Malaga, Spain

Kati Heck, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Bremsspuren, Galerie Mario Mauroner, Vienna (A)
Solanum Tuberosum. Tauben sprechen kein Deutsch, Atelierschiff der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany

The Nono und die Fratzenpleite, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
Vier Leute passen in ein Taxi, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp (B)

Gsuffa, der eiserne Pomoment, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, USA
Bonzenspeck und Prollgehabe, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands (cat.)

Heisse Bräute und Geile Würste, Galerie Annie Gentils, Antwerp, Belgium (cat.)

W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prost Mahlzeit, Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA

Die Grosse Egale, Galerie Annie Gentils, Antwerp,Belgium


Always Trust the Artist, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

A blooming group show about the infinite inspiration of flowers, Plus-one Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Tomorrow is a long time, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Zot Geweld/Dwaze Maagd, Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen, Belgium

We will begin by drawing, we shall continue to draw and then we shall draw some more, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Blickachsen, Bad Hamburg, Hamburg, Gemrnay
50 years Middelheim Promotors, Middelheim museum, Antwerp, Belgium
De Zeven Hoofdzonden, Ronny Van de Velde, Knokke, Belgium
Run for the Roses, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Portray, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
The Agency, London

Middle Gate, Geel, Belgium
Happy Birthday Dear Academie, MAS, Antwerp, Belgium
Het karakter van een collectie, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

Painters' Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Kamarama, Bruges, Belgium
Ni Mas ni menos, Galeria Mecanica, Seville, Spain VACANZA PERMANENTE, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium Painters' Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London Campaign, C24 Gallery, New York (NY)

A Paper Trail, De Halle, Geel, Belgium
Kunstpreis Ikob, Ikob, Eupen, Belgium
FREESTATE II, Oosteroever, Ostend, Belgium
Accrochage, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Into the light (o.a. Francis Alÿs, Ann Veronica Jansssens, Doa Aly, Tim Vets), video and light installations on public display in Antwerp South, Antwerp, Belgium
When will they finally see the power of drawing (oa. Angel Vergara, Michaël Borremans, Roger Raveel, Panamarenko, Luc Tuymans), Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium
Powerhaus, Power Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
Pop Art, Scheld’apen in NICC, Antwerp, Belgium
Hotelpupik – Lieblingspositionen"(Luca Bertolo, Martin Dickinger, Herbert Egger, Kati Heck, Heyda Klein, Rebecca Wason Horn, Ulrike Johannsen, Wilhelm Scherübl, Nana Schulz, David Stairs, Uli Vonbank-Schedler, Heimo Wallner), Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Germany
Pop Art, Scheldapen at NICC, Antwerp, Belgium
For your eyes only (Kati Heck, Mary Heilmann, Marilyn Minter, Pia Dehne, Maureen Gallace, Dorothy Iannone, Kirsten Lampert, Esther Stocker, Andrea Lehman, Alona Harpaz, Cindy Wright, Ellen de Meutter, Tina Gillen, Annick Lizein, Viviane Klagsbrun and Nora De Kempeneer), De Markten, Brussels, Belgium
Works on paper (John Bock, Kati Heck, Dennis Tyfus, Angel Vergara), Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Changez! Een Belgenshow, 21Rozendaal, Enschede, The Netherlands

The State of Things (curated by Ai Weiwei en Luc Tuymans), Paleis voor Schone kunsten (Bozar), Brussel (B)

A Meeting between the tragic and the funny, Hessenhuis – Antwerpen (B). (a.o. Fred Bervoets, Olaf Breuning, Roman Signer, Guy Rombouts, Anton Cotteleer, Geert Goiris, Daniel Johnston, Peter Lemmens)
Honorons Honoré, De Garage, ruimte voor actuele kunst, Mechelen (B)
UN-SCR-1325, Geukens en De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium

Pushing the Canvas, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium (cat.)
Status Questionis, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Feste, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Small Stuff three, Beersel, Belgium
Welcome home, Mukha, Antwerp, Belgium

The Agency, London, England
Beaufort Triennale Oostende, PMMK Oostende/ Bredene, Oostende, Belgium (cat.)
View ten, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, USA

Bonds of Love, John Connelly Presents, NYC, USA (cat.)
Fiesta, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
59. Badischer Kunstpreis, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany
Marc Selwyn Fine arts, Los Angeles, USA

Coming People- Leere X Visionen, Herford, Germany (cat.)
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NYC, USA
Probeweise Gewalt auf Vorrat, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Freundschaftsmaschine, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Sugar and Spice, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Camille-Huysmansprijs, Kunstencentrum Elzenveld, Antwerp, Belgium (cat.)
Ithaka, Kunstencentrum Het Stuk, Leuven, Belgium