Catherine Gfeller is a Swiss artist. Born in Neuchâtel in 1966, she lives and works in Paris and in Southern France after having lived several years in New York.
In 1991, she obtains a Master's degree in French literature and Art History as well as a certificate of pedagogical skills (C.A.P.E.S.) from the University of Neuchâtel and then teaches for several years.

She begins photography in the 1980s by devoting herself to landscape photography.
In 1995, she gets a grant to pursue her research in New York, where she lives until 1999. There, she creates the series Urban Friezes, long horizontal compositions, obtained by assembling and superimposing images, giving life to a universe close and far from the reality of the city.

In 1999, she moves to Paris where she received the HSBC Foundation Prize for Photography.
From that moment, the city, taken in a metaphorical sense, is a source of inspiration for many works (Multi-compositions) that combine photography, video and writing. In some series (The Undresses, The Waders, the Insiders) female protagonists are depicted as theirs bodies are immersed in the outisde and inside worlds in a game of multiple interweavings.

In 2010-2011, the monographic exhibition Pulsations is shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Kunstmuseum in Luzern KKL and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Sète. Visitors are invited to wander through large-scale installations with photographs, videos, sound pieces and multi-projections; they are transported into fictional worlds.

In 2014, after several residencies in South Africa, the WAM Museum in Johannesburg presents her exhibition Passing the City through You.

Throughout 2015, Catherine Gfeller is the guest artist at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. She proposes fifteen interventions combining different media to create a dialogue between Paul Klee's art and Renzo Piano's architecture, including a sound journey exploring the interior of the museum and the surrounding landscape.

After various stays in Ukraine, in 2017 the Shevchenko National Museum of Kyiv invites Catherine Gfeller to show her solo exhibition: Voices in Kyiv. In this project, she presents the work done by accompanying Ukrainian writers through the districts of Kyiv, mixing their interpretations of the city with her own vision in a game of mirrors where reality and fiction meet.

Currently, Catherine Gfeller is involved in a long-term project on megacities in China, focusing her camera on women’s vision in particular. The first part was exhibited at the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou in 2018. Evolving in time through various residencies, China Driftings will be presented in Hong Kong, Chengdu and Beijing during 2020.


1988-2019
Exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Israel, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, England, Germany, Belgium, China, France, Holland, Italy, Ukraine, Slovenia and Switzerland, where her works can be found in numerous public and private collections.
Catherine Gfeller participates in contemporary artfairs such as Art Basel, Art Unlimited, KunstZurich, Armory Show NY, Fiac and Art Paris, Paris Photo, the Biennale of Ljubjana and Art Brussels.  
In addition to her exhibitions, she gives lectures and workshops in various art schools and universities.
She also produces commissions for buildings in public spaces.