Katinka Mann is a New York City based sculptor, painter and paper maker with a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation. She attended Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford from 1957 to 1960. In the 1960s she continued to study at Pratt Institute, the Ruth Leaf Print Workshop in Bayside, NY, and with Master Printmaker Donn Stewart. In addition to Mann’s robust studio practice, in 1966 she founded and directed a contemporary arts education business for adults for 25 years.
Mann’s current work explores reflected light, illusion, shadow and color using a trapezoidal form within a larger form. The larger, exterior shape is organic in contrast to the off centered geometric form within. Her chosen material for her current work is heavy painted aluminum. Before using the trapezoid, the hexagon, was Mann’s mandala. In reducing her focus to the hexagon, and now trapezoid, she has an endless source to draw upon.
Mann has exhibited her work extensively nationally and internationally in solo and group shows for over six decades. Solo show highlights include exhibitions at the Islip Art Museum, the Anthony Giordano Gallery, the Heckscher Museum of Art, and A.I.R. Gallery. Group show highlights include exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, OK Harris Gallery, The Musee d’Elysees, and the Aldrich Museum. Mann is the recipient of several grants, residencies, and awards including a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2013, and a grant from the Polaroid Corporation at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1982. Mann’s work can be found in more than 100 public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art Print Collection, the British Museum Print Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum.