Katharina Castell-Castell was born and raised in a small village in Bavaria. She has always had a deep passion for the arts. After spending a decade in Munich dedicated to painting and work, she relocated to Austria with her husband and her dogs. For nearly three years, she has been working in her adjacent studio.How did you get into art?
Art has always been an integral part of me. From young age, drawing and painting were my cherished pastimes. Even as I pursued my regular job, I never ceased creating. However, for the longest time, I hesitated to turn it into a livelihood.
How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?
My artistic style is expressionistic and characterized by vibrant colors. It embraces a body-positive perspective towards individuals. I aim to convey that every body shape possesses its unique beauty. The shapes I create are not tied to conventional beauty standards, yet they exude a profound sense of beauty and vitality. Through my art, I strive to impart the message that one should take pride in their body, regardless of its specific shape.
How do you go about developing your work?
For the past two years, I have been collaborating with dancers from the Salzburg Dance Academy. They perform unclothed in front of me and a small group of artists. Initially, my paintings were sketches derived from their dance movements. They capture snapshots of a specific dance move or a moment of stillness within their performance.
Who or what influences you?
I really enjoy the work of Henri Matisse, Georg Baselitz and Egon Schiele.
What are you planning to do next?
I’m preparing two solo exhibitions in Munich at the moment. One will be in November and the other one will be in the beginning of 2024. More information you will find on my instagram account very soon.