Born in Berlin, Kim Bartelt trained in Fine Art at Parsons School of Design, New York. After painting sets for commercial campaigns, she began to collect the discarded sheets of paper used in the set designs. She slowly began incorporating them into her art practice, making impossibly light, minimal collages that, through their delicate translucence, appeared to transcend their own materiality.


Drawing on the language of geometric abstraction, Bartelt’s work mediates on the ephemerality of our world and the hidden connections of contemporary human experience. Her use of a consciously restrained visual vocabulary, consisting of squares and rectangles, harnesses complex emotional states into seemingly controlled, harmonious compositions. Creating canvases that may at first appear solitary and silent, through contemplative engagement, reveal a pulsing inner landscape that captures the often fragile connection between the seen and the unseen, the permanent and transient.


There is an inherent dichotomy in her work as it strives for a sense of compositional order and stability, whilst being filtered through the intensely personalised dominion of their creator. In recent years, Bartelt’s explorations of space and volume have continued into large-scale sculptural works megalithic-feeling structures that are often made of deceptive, light-weight packing material.

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 Gallery since 2020.



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
2024 ‘Zwischen Tür und Angel’, Cadogan Gallery, London, UK
2023 'Break Easy', Cadogan Gallery, Milan, Italy
2022 'Stillleben', Cadogan Gallery, London, UK
2017 'Paper', Hettler.Tullmann, Berlin, Germany
2016    'A fleur de peau', Galerie Lacke&Farben, Berlin, Germany
2013 'Right Here', Galerie Lacke Farben, Berlin


Selected Group Exhibitions 


'Through the Walls', Cadogan Gallery, London, UK


'Soft Architectures, A Group Show', Barn Studio, Potsdam, Germany


Art Herning with Bjorn Gundorph Gallery, Herning, Denmark



'A Temporary Space,' Studio Ima, Mexico City, Mexico 



'Moving Traces 04', Atelier Ecru Gallery, Ghent, Belgium


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