Born 1963, Germany
Gotz’ art training began in Germany where he completed a BA degree in Visual Communication in Aachen (1983-88) and an MA in Aesthetics in Wuppertal (1991-95). Subsequently he came to London to the Royal College of Art to take the MA course in Painting (1996-98).
His art practice features a wide range of forms from drawings and paintings to site-specific mural pieces and large-scale gallery installations. Intense colour and precise geometrical patterns reflect an engagement with ideas about architectural space, sometimes reflecting domestic settings, or sometimes the character and atmosphere of larger contexts.
Gotz is a prolific artist and since 1989 his work has been exhibited extensively in group shows throughout the UK and Europe while since 2000 more than thirty solo exhibitions have been mounted, predominantly in Germany but also at UK venues including London, Cardiff, Belfast, Derry, Middlesbrough and Sheffield.
Site-specific commissions in the UK include those for Piccadilly Circus underground station, 2007; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2016; Leeds City Art Gallery, 2017; Compton Verney, Warwickshire, 2017 and the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne 2020.
Since coming to the UK Gotz has been employed as a visiting lecturer at several art schools including the Royal College of Art, the Byam Shaw School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, the Ruskin School in Oxford and Glasgow School of Art. In 2001 he was appointed Reader in Fine Art at the University of Sunderland.