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
2022 'Stillleben', Cadogan Gallery, London
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 







Art Herning with Bjorn Gundorph Gallery, Herning, Denmark

'An Endless Curve-Art Perspective III', Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin


Studio Ima, Mexico City, Mexico 

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

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