Short Bio

Karolina Rupp (b. 1988, Germany) grew up in Pretoria (South Africa). Her educational background is in sociology, anthropology and photography. Following her studies Karolina worked in commercial photography for 2 years until she joined a Pretoria-based art studio where she developed and printed fine art photographs in her own black-and-white darkroom. As of early 2016, she is based in The Netherlands pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

Artist Statement

My interests lie in philosophical and psychological patterns and instances as well as social and cultural expressions of the human condition. Newly gained and sometimes rediscovered insights trigger foundational questions that I address in my work. Currently I am intrigued by depth.

Formal Education
Royal Academy of Art (The Hague, NL)
– Bachelor of Fine Arts with specialisation in Sculpture/3D (Sep 2016 – Jul 2020)
Vega School of Brand Leadership (Pretoria, RSA)
– Advanced Certificate in Professional Photography (Jan 2013 – Dec 2013)
Vega School of Brand Leadership (Pretoria, RSA)
– Higher Certificate in Photography (Jan 2012 – Dec 2012)
University of South Africa (Pretoria, RSA)
– Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology (Jan 2010 – Dec 2014)

Exhibitions
‘Note to Self’ at Helena van Doeverenplantsoen (g), The Hague (NL, 2019)
‘Today I Taste Tomorrow’ at Helena van Doeverenplantsoen (g), The Hague (NL, 2019)
‘Everything must go’ (One Nest Stand #26) at NEST (g), The Hague (NL, 2017)
‘The Narrative Portrait’ at SE Centre for Photography (g), Greenville SC (US, 2015)
‘Prospect Poem’ at Grounded at Echo (s), Pretoria (RSA, 2015)
‘Miniatures’ at Long Street Art Lovers (g), Pretoria (RSA, 2015)
‘A summer evening stroll’ at Blokhuiz Studio Collective (g), Pretoria (RSA, 2014)
‘Exit’ at Kaimara Gallery (s), Pretoria (RSA, 2014)
Graduation Group Exhibition at Vega Pretoria (RSA, 2013)

Residencies
Arteles Creative Center ‘Silence, Awareness, Existence’, Haukijärvi (FIN, Feb 2020)

Awards
Long listed, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 (UK, 2016)
Pencil Award for best student, Vega School of Brand Leadership (RSA, 2013)