Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair (1980) was born in Moscow, since 2004 she lives and works in Vienna. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2009. In 2015 she has been awarded the Chimera Art Award, and the Annual grant of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New-York in 2014. She took part in numerous residential programs e.g. Istanbul, Gyeonggi-do, Vienna and Budapest, and exhibited in many institutions.
Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair’s works are characterized by a dual narrative providing multiple readings which operate in the background simultaneously and are interwoven on various levels. She often incorporates into her works the similarities between American minimalist sculptures and the Soviet sites, which determines a cultural, ethnographical environment for her art. She uses shapes and symbols that carry historical references, which are memories of forms, reductions and materiality of previous age.