Artistic career

Katja Gramann Künstlerin aus Gräfelfing bei München

Passion for painting starts early | Watercolor & watery paint application

Painting is the big constant in my life. It all started with a small watercolor box with seven colors – when I was about 13 I was sitting in various VHS courses with lots of seniors. Nobody bothered – least of all me. I stayed with watercolor for years, it wasn’t until 2001 that I got to know acrylic painting in large format on canvas in the free painting school of the two artists Jürgen Sage and Astrid Albers in Berlin. The love for the watery application of paint is still evident today in the papers for my collages.

The way to independence

I was born (1973) and grew up in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. After completing my master’s degree in German and history in Mannheim and Waterloo / Canada (1994-2000), I worked in Berlin, later in Allgäu, then in Chiemgau as a product manager in the food industry until 2009. Painting was my constant companion during this time. But it wasn’t until 2009 that I packed up all my courage and made my dream come true to work as a freelance artist and photographer. Many group exhibitions followed, the first large solo exhibition, at which I was able to show my entire portfolio, took place in 2016.
Find out more about my exhibitions

Gallery Representationn

Since 2022 I am respresented by the belgian FROCK Gallery, an artgallery in Ypres (Belgium). In November / December 2022 I had the last show there. Some works are still available at the webshop of the gallery. In April 2025 I am going to have the next grand exhibition there.

Further education | Autodidact

my Atelier is located in the industrial area in Graefelfing near Munich in the beautiful Würmtal. I took a lot of further training at art academies such as the free art academy in Augsburg, at the Academy of Arts in Kolbermoor or at the Bad Reichenhall art academy, because self-taught people like me are always inspired by new ideas and techniques. At this point I would like to highlight the Augsburg artist Andrea Rozorea, who has supported me very much in my own artistic career. Today we have a close friendship and we have already carried out several exhibition projects together.
Learn more about my work and autodidactism:
“Interview with the art historian Dr. Ines Kehl ”

Portfolio with 3 focal points

I have three main directions in my art. On the one hand, the abstract free painting with acrylic paint in large format on canvas, then I also like to deal with structuring materials such as ash, sand, rock flour, coffee grounds and pigments in my painting. I am happy to work with these so-called mixed media on wood. And finally, I am passionate about creating abstract collages from fine Chinese paper . The three techniques are explained in more detail in a short film about me.
To the movie

abstract acrylic painting - start of the holidays - katja gramann
Abstract painting with pigments, rock powder, ash, charcoal and scratches
Abstract collage made of China paper in medium size

Inspiration & approach

In the studio

In the video I will briefly give you a good insight into my working methods and explain what drives me and how I get artistic inspiration.

My studio is at Lohenstrasse 18 in Graefelfing. Would you like to see the abstract pictures live “in real” and in peace? I am happy to invite you to visit me in my studio without obligation. Please just call 0172-6513428 and make an appointment or you can just come to the opening times . I am happy about your interest.

Artistic classification

I am a contemporary artist, dedicate myself to non-representational painting and see myself in the tradition of color field painters and also the artists of the Informel.

The art historians and curators Dr. Barbara Rollmann-Borretty and Dr. Ingrid Gardill wrote articles about me, which I would like to recommend to you for further reading:
Dr. Rollmann-Borretty observations on the abstract collages made with paper and wax
Dr. Ingrid Gardill About Gramann’s informal acrylic paintings
Dr. Ingrid Gardill About the series of glamour gems
Dr. Ingrid Gardill About the abstract paintings in mixedmedia technique with ash and pigments
Dr. Ingrid Gardill About the abstract acrylic paintings with bright neon colors
Dr. Ingrid Gardill About the green series “Bearer of hope” (Hoffnungsträger) in mixedmedia technique


Acrylic painting during lockdowns, shift work & contrast program

I show completely new works in acrylic in the catalog “Acrylmalerei”. It includes the works that were created during the lockdowns (17 paintings). Catalogs were published on the occasion of the two exhibitions in 2016 and 2017, although “Shiftwork” is unfortunately already out of print. The “Contrast Program” catalog covers the main works from May 2016 to April 2017. It contains about 60 pages and is richly illustrated.

Unfortunately all catalogs are out of stock.

abstract acrylic painting with neon
exhibition catalog shift work

Impressions from the studio