Into the forest I went after a heavy rain. The storm had torn trees off the ground and cracked cliffs into two. My feet could feel the ground still trembling, scared of the thunder. So many fallen branches and ruined flowers, and the still living roots sticking towards the sky, reaching up and begging for help - all melting together into a portrait of utter chaos.
I am Katharina Schmidt, a Finnish-German contemporary artist from Helsinki, Finland. Art has always been the way for me to observe the world and work through experiences - whether it was as a kid late at night under candle light at my summer house or preparing my next exhibition in my studio in Helsinki. Each art work has a story, a purpose, a personality.
I have grown up in a melting pot of different cultures and languages and in my art I want to explore fundamental questions about existence. I have never truly felt like belonging in one place, yet somehow I belong everywhere, and I seek to understand very different kinds of world views. To me art is the mirror of humanity - it shows what we as humans experience beneath the surface in ways that other methods cannot.
I have the honour to work with international art agencies, ship my art to collectors worldwide and hold exhibitions to share how I view the world. I have been trained by multiple professional artists and am currently honing my skills at the Repin Institute with a focus on Russian classicism.
The purpose of my art is to surprise and fulfil, to bring peace and excitement. I am a rebel and I want to shake you at times - the best part of art is it has no boundaries and it has no rules that must be obliged.
That is because art is real.
Art is freedom.
Art is the unbearable bliss of existence.
Wild Harmony, Group exhibition, Showroom SIX, 10/2022
Champagne in the Garden, Group exhibition, Showroom SIX, 6/2022
Opening of Permanent Showroom SIX: Katharina Schmidt, Maaria Märkälä and Eliya Zweygberg, Helsinki, 2/2022
Eternal Change, Solo exhibition, Ars Longa, H elsinki, 2021
Hope Is Wisdom, Solo exhibition, Papu Gallery, Helsinki, 2021
Virtual group exhibition, Art Number 23, 11/2020
Symbolism of Water, Group exhibition, Gallery FOGGA, Helsinki, 2020
Human, Solo exhibition, Accenture Art Gallery, Helsinki, 2019-2020
Base studies in classical art, Repin Institute, part of University of Lapland, 2022
Various professional art teachers throughout my life.
Agency representation (non-exclusive)
ArtIn Agency, London (www.artin.agency)
Suarte, Miami (www.wearesuarte.com)
Artist Interview, Mischief Magazine, New York, 2021
Capsules Book: Leading Contemporary Artists 2021
70+ paintings sold in total