Katherine Gailer (aka Katira) is a Colombian artist currently based in Melbourne, exploring cultural identity, the natural environment, women’s empowerment, magical realism, and contemporary design. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Management degrees from RMIT University were both awarded with honours.
Her practice includes large-scale mural painting, oil painting, illustration, and music.As part of her creative expression, she examines the complex relationships between vulnerability and strength, vulnerability, and empowerment.
Awards include 2018 People’s Choice Award at Corangamarah Art Prize, 2018 Packer’s Art Prize (Red Rock Regional Gallery, Victoria) and 2017 ROI Art Prize (Melbourne). Gailer, the female lead singer of Amaru Tribe, combines urban sounds with her voice to represent women on stage. Her composition El Girasol– in collaboration with Oscar Jimenez and Leonardo Rodriguez– was selected as a finalist at the 2018 International Songwriting Competition.