Noé Katz

Noé Katz

born 1953, Mexican
lives and works in North Carolina


A multi-disciplinary artist who works primarily in sculpture and painting, Mexican Jewish artist Noé Katz continues to carry the legacies of Mexican Modernism engaging in a re-contextualization of Surrealist and European Modernist ideals. Reminiscent in turns of Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Jean-Michel Folon’s work, his very personal artistic language and approach is informed by the city and modern demands of urban living, where buildings, people, vehicles, and masks emerge. Within this space, faces and people fly, talk, and dream in a style that is bewitching in its precisionist yet ironic child-like manner. Transcending the critical constraints of regional aesthetics and public opinion, Noé rejects the limitations of producing within a singular medium, successfully working in drawing, lithography, serigraphy, and ambient design. Noé was born in 1953 to a Polish-Jewish father and a Mexican-Jewish mother. He studied at the School of Design and Handicrafts of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, later receiving a scholarship to study in the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy (1979-1981). His work has been included in numerous auctions held by cultural and charitable institutions and can be found in important private and institutional collections, including the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, the Tokoro Museum of Modern Art in Omishima, Japan, and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. His mural work can be seen in the Forum building and Fiesta Americana hotel, both in Mexico City.

Artist's Statement

“My imagination leads me to design three-dimensional ideas. Sometimes I create on a smaller scale, imagining them being built in a much larger scale such as public spaces. Besides sculpture, I'm a full time painter who loves to let my imagination flow and I take pride in my technique as well. I enjoy the use of colors and smooth surfaces.

I think that a person who wants to feel alive has to read, travel, love, and let himself be loved.”

–Noé Katz

Permanent Collections

Tokoro Museum, Omishima, Japan
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Fiesta Americana Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico
Forum Corporation, Mexico City, Mexico
Andersen Consulting (Accenture), Chicago, IL

Prizes and Awards

2006Wins postage stamp design competition for 100 Years of Jewish Presence in Mexico, printed by Correos de Mexico
1997Camara Nacional de Artes Graficas Award for the El arte del arte taurino poster
1994Grand prize in El arte del arte taurino, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1999New River Gallery, Miami, FL
1997El Angel, Galeria Alberto Misrachi, Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
1991Hasegawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1990Blackwood Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Galeria Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico
1988From Concrete To The Concrete, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
1988Jacob Javitz Center, New York, NY
1987Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
1981Gallery Il Punto, Florence, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

2006Cow Parade, Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico
2005El nopal urbano, Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico
2004Mexico City subway stations, Mexico City, Mexico
2002Instituto Mexico-Israel, Mexico City, Mexico
2001Ravel Rine Arts, Austin, TX
1995Dana Ravel, Dallas, TX
Freites-Revilla Gallery, Miami, FL
La mascara en Mexico, Polyforum Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
1993Museo de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico
1991Homenaje a Van Gogh, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
1988El desnudo en Mexico, Galeria Arvil, Mexico City, Mexico
1985Los Apocrifos Museo de San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico
Salon Nacional de Dibujo, Mexico City, Mexico
1984Diego Rivera Drawing Biennial, Guanajuato, Mexico
El papel amate Museo de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
1983Salon Nacional de Pintura, Mexico City, Mexico
1981Rufino Tamayo Biennial, Oaxaca, Mexico