Kim Bartelt trained in painting at the Parson’s School of Design but abandoned the medium in favour of using found paper in her compositions. Bartlet painstakingly pastes irregular segments of coloured and transparent sheets of paper to canvas. Her paintings are infused with a delicate energy, embodying the meditative quality of her minute collage process. The sensitivity of the semi-transparent tissue paper used emphasises this process of layering and accumulation.

‘With this medium you can’t undo anything or erase any errors, but I actually like the little accidents, folds, wrinkles and even small stains that evoke the fragility of life in general and of us humans in particular’


Collected over the years, These re-used fragments allude to their past applications in their wrinkles and folds. In her more recent works, the paper is imbued with a greater sense of conceptuality, reflecting on the nature and physical properties of painting but also as an index linking each painting to its core meanings.

Studio shots

Currently based in Berlin, Bartelt completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Parsons School of Design in New York, and has since regularly exhibited in group and solo shows in Chicago, Berlin, Paris, and London. Her works have been shown at the Berliner Liste Art Fair with Galerie LackeFarben and have been featured in numerous publications. She has been represented by Cadogan Contemporary since 2020 with her first solo exhibition with the gallery taking place in January 2022.



1998 Parsons The New School of Design, New York - BFA in Fine Arts
1994-95 Parsons The New School of Design, New York - Foundation Year
1992-94    Icart, Institute des Carrières Artistiques, Paris - Studies of Art History and Art Management 


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 'Paper' Hettler.Tullmann, Berlin 
2016/15    'A fleur de peau', Galerie Lacke&Farben, Berlin
2013 'Right Here', Galerie Lacke Farben, Berlin
2000 'Wintertales', Solo Exhibition, Villa d'Este, Como, Italy


Selected Group Exhibitions 

GIFC at Hotel Paris, Berlin. Organised by ZeroZero Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Blankartobjects, San Francisco

2018 Amélie, Maison d'Art, Paris 
2014/13    Berliner Liste, Discovery Art Fair, Galerie Lacke&Farben, Berlin
1998 Parsons School of Design Gallery, New York
1996 Parsons School of Design Gallery, Paris 


Artist Residencies
September 2019 Joya, Almería, Spain
March/April 2019    Numeroventi, Florence, Italy 



Sight Unseen, December 2019, Jill Singer, https://www.sightunseen.com/2019/12/kim-bartelt-x-yellownose-baldon-berlin/

Sight Unseen, October 2019, Malin Ebbing, https://www.sightunseen.com/2019/10/berlin-home-tour-german-artist-kim-bartelt-paper-paintings/

FoA, February 2019 https://www.friendoftheartist.com/store/volume8

Tagesspiegel, June 2013, Friederike Höll, https://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/ohne-ende/8389776.html