Kata Mejía is a performance artist and painter. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters degree in Performance in 2004. She received her BFA from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellin.

She has been awarded several grants and scholarships, including the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship in 2004, the Trustee Scholarship from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, a Colombian Government Scholarship for Graduate Studies abroad, and a Graduate Studies Scholarship from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2002.

Kata Mejía received a 2009 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has shown her work in Colombia, USA, Chile and Japan.

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Art statement

My work is a search through performance and painting. Each responds to a different need and approach.

The performance comes from the need to have my voice be heard in the world; to address political and social issues such as violence, kidnapping, and human rights, as well as my place in the world as a women and mother.

The painting is born from a need for improvisation and surprise. During the process of painting, my unconscious thoughts and feelings are revealed. The imagery often reflects various aspects of my life and is reminiscent of places I have visited physically, or mentally in dreams. Chaos, order and ritual are common elements in my work.