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Catya Plate
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

ARTIST STATEMENT: The two main concepts in Plate's works are the fragmented human body and fantasy: a close-up look at our anatomical structures paired with the need to invent new beings. Conventional domestic items, clothespins in particular, play a key role here. In 2003, as a serio-comic response to our angst-ridden times, she invented the “Clothespin Freak” character. It collided with the tarot, resulting in a series of 78 drawings and an artist's book called the Clothespin Tarot. Ever since, these Clothespin Freaks have appeared and “evolved” in her paintings, sculptures, sewn objects and animated films.

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2014 Indianapolis Art Center, Sara M. Hurt Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
2010 Center for Book Arts, Featured Artist Project: CLOTHESPIN TAROT, New York, New York. Curated by Alexander Campos.
2009 Y Gallery, TINY MESSENGERS, Queens, New York. Curated by Cecilia Jurado.
Jancar Gallery, Jancar/McCorkle Projects, STRING THEORY, Los Angeles, California. (two-person show)
2004 Galerie Elten & Elten, CLOSE UP, Zuerich, Switzerland. (two-person show)
Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), San Bernardino, California. Curated by Susan Joyce.
2002 Art Resources Transfer, BIO-ENCASEMENT, New York, New York.
2001 Goethe Institut, ART IN THE BOX: SPRING FEVER, New York, New York. Curated by Katrin Elia.
1999 LimeLight Gallery, NO NON-SENSE, New York, New York. Curated by Leeza Ahmady.
1997 Artists Space, ARTISTS (web) SPACE, New York, New York;
1994 Alternative Arts Gallery, ARS MORIENDI IN NUMBERS, London, England.
The Collective Gallery, ARTIST FOR A WEEK, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1989 The Installation Room, INSTALLATION, New York, New York.
1985 Galerie Appendix, MALEREI, Wuppertal, Germany.


2014 EYE Film Institute Netherlands , Amsterdam, Netherlands.

10th Annual Blue Plum Animation Festival, Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, Johnson City, TN.

17th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival, Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, Brooklyn, NY.

10th Annual Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, Seattle, WA.

15th Annual Crossroads Film Festival, Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, Jackson, MS.

Torrance Art Museum, PREP SCHOOL, Torrance, California. Curated by Max Presneill.

2013 Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, SMALL WORLDS, Alexandria, VA. Curated by Thomas Doyle.

22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Academy Award Qualifier), Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, St. Louis, MO.

19th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival, Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, Wilmington, NC.

3rd Annual StopTrik International Film Festival, Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, Niepolomice, Poland.

13th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, Official Selection, Hanging By A Thread, Nevada City, CA. 2012 Williamsburg International Film Festival (WILLiFEST), Official Selection, The Reading, Brooklyn, New York.

5th Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Official Selection, The Reading, Washougal, Washington.

8th Annual Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Official Selection, The Reading, Seattle, Washington.

13th Crossroads Film Festival, Official Selection, The Reading, Jackson, Mississippi.

Anthology Film Archives (NewFilmmakers New York), NEW EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION 2012, New York, New York. Curated by Eric Leiser.

10th Garden State Film Festival, Official Selection, The Reading, Asbury Park, New Jersey.

2nd Queens World Film Festival, Nominated Best Animation, The Reading, Queens, New York.

2011 2nd Se-Ma-For Film Festival, The Reading, Lodz, Poland.

Torrance Art Museum, VIDEO ROW: 3 Films, Torrance, California.


Savannah College of Arts & Design (Fall 2011)
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Winter 2012)
Museum of Printing History (Spring/Summer 2012)
Lafayette College (Fall 2012)
Book Club of California (Winter 2013)

Anthology Film Archives / NewFilmmakers, SUMMERFEST 2011, Official Selection, The Reading, New York, NY.

51st Krakow Film Festival's Film Market, The Reading, Krakow, Poland.

2010 Gallery Korea,CONSCIOUS BEHIND UNCONSCIOUS, New York, New York.
2009 Center for Book Arts, THREADS: INTERWEAVING TEXTUR[A]L MEANING, New York, New York.
Curated by Lois Morrison and Alexander Campos.
Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University Galleries, URBAN LEGENDS & RURAL MYTHSâ, West Lafayette, Indiana.
2008 Centre for Fine Print Research, BOOKMARKS VI: INFILTRATING THE LIBRARY SYSTEM, Bristol, UK.
Schroeder Romero / Winkleman Gallery Project Space, THE SPARKY SHOW, New York, New York.
eyewash, ARTWALKING: Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Larry Walzcak and Donna Kessinger.
The Museum of Arts & Craft, YOUR DOCUMENTS PLEASE, Itami, Japan. (travelling show)
2007 Hunterdon Museum of Art, “INNER CHILD: GOOD AND EVIL IN THE GARDEN OF MEMORIES”, Clinton, New Jersey. Curated by Kristen Accola.
Proteus Gowanus, PLAY, Brooklyn, New York.
Galerie Elten & Elten, GEZEICHNET, Zuerich, Switzerland
Islip Art Museum, FREE PLAY, East Islip, New York. Curated by Judith Page.
Momenta Art/ White Columns, MOMENTA ART BENEFIT, Brooklyn/New York, New York.
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, PILLOW TALK: SMALL COMFORTS IN HARD TIMES, Los Angeles, California.
Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, DREAMS & POSSIBILITIES, collaboration with PRAXIS Studio, New York.
2006 Walsh Library Gallery, Seton Hall University, in'ter-ak'tiv, South Orange, New Jersey.
80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, SMALL WORKS, New York, New York.
2005 Hunterdon Museum of Art, CREATIVE ENERGY: THE ELEMENTS, Clinton, New Jersey.
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, THROUGH KIDS EYES: EXPLORING THE CREATIVE PROCESS, Queens, New York.
2004 Adam Baumgold Gallery, UNTOLD TALES, New York, New York.
2003 Fe Gallery, LUST, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
NURTUREart Gallery, ID_ENTITY, Brooklyn, New York. Curated by David Gibson.
Art at Large Gallery, NEO-EROTIC JURIED SHOW, New York, New York. Curated by Grady T. Turner.
2002 New Bedford Art Museum, VAULT SERIES VII: UNIQUE PRINTS, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
cherrydelosreyes Gallery , DERMATOME, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, MD.
2001 Wilmer Jennings Gallery, CONFERENCE, New York, New York. Curated by Joe Overstreet.
Lance Fung Gallery, BUT FEAR ITSELF, New York, New York. Curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, MD.
2000 Chelsea Inn Hotel, FRERE, NEW YORK INDEPENDENT ART FAIR, New York, New York.
Contemporary Museum, “SNAPSHOT”, Baltimore, Maryland. Organized by Gary Sangster and Adam Lerner.(traveling exhibit: Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut.)
Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research IMAGING THE WUNDERBOARD: PORTRAITURE AND REPRESENTATION, London Biennale 2000, London, England. Curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, MD.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts GOOD BUSINESS IS THE BEST ART: Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program, Bronx, New York. Curated by Marysol Nieves and Lydia Yee.
1999 Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery of the City University of New York, HANGING INSTRUCTIONS, Brooklyn, New York. (traveling exhibit: Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, New York.)
Consulate of the Republic of Hungary, NURTUREart AT THE CONSULATE, New York, New York. Presented by NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc., juried by Jay Grimm, Dominique Nahas, and Joseph Szoecs.
LimeLight Gallery, MAKING CONNECTIONS, New York, New York. Curated by Leeza Ahmady/Robert Curcio.
1998 Islip Art Museum, ABOUT FACE: INVESTIGATING THE SNAPSHOT, East Islip, New York.
Barrett House Galleries, NEW DIRECTIONS 97, Poughkeepsie, New York. Curated by Jennifer Blessing.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, ARTIST IN THE MARKETPLACE 17th ANNUAL EXHIBITION, Bronx, New York. Curated by Marysol Nieves and Lydia Yee.
Alicia Torres Fine Art, TRIBECA ARTISTS 1997, New York, New York.
Real Art Ways, NO ENGLAND NO AMSTERDAM II, Hartford, Connecticut. Juried by Kenny Shachter.
Kenkeleba Gallery, REFLECTING POOL, New York, New York.
Longwood Arts Gallery, THE CONDITION OF PANDEMICS: TOWARDS THE MILLENIUM, Bronx, New York. Curated by Betti-Sue Hertz.
1995 Gardner Arts Centre at the University of Sussex, THE WAY WE LIVE NOW, Brighton, England.
CoolTan Arts, SEX, HEALTH AND EDUCATION, London, England.
Lewisham Arthouse, THE ART SHOW, London, England.
CoolTan Arts, SLUMP, London, England.
1993 The Collective Gallery, CD2, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1991 Right Bank Gallery, IMAGES OF POWER MEMORIES, Brooklyn, New York. Curated by Erika Deak.
1989 Kenkeleba Gallery, 7UP AND COMING, New York, New York.
1987 Studio Galerie, GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNG, Werkkunstschule Koeln, Germany. Curated by Werner Schriefers.
1986 Galeria Oliva Mara, CONFIGURACION, Madrid, Spain.


Best Animated Film Award , Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Seattle, Washington. 2014.

Open Sessions, Drawing Center, New York, 2014-2016.

Best Animated Short, Jury Prize, Nevada City Film Festival. 2013.

Outstanding Achievement Award in Filmmaking for Experimental Film, Williamsburg International Film Festival (WILLiFEST 2012). Brooklyn, New York. 2012.

Best Animated Film Award , Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Seattle, Washington. 2012.

Nominated Best Animation, Queens World Film Festival, Queens, New York. 2012.

Honorable Mention, SMALL WORKS, Jack Shainman, Juror, Director of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 2006.

AIM (Artist in the Marketplace) Award, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York. 1996.

SLUMP (South London Undiscovered Masterpieces Prize), judged by Sarah Kent (TimeOut Art Editor) and David Thorp (South London Gallery), London, England. 1995.

Fulbright Scholarship, full grant, Germany/New York. 1987-89.


Elizabeth A. Sackler Center For Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

The Center For Book Arts, New York, New York.

UCLA Darling Biomedical Library, Special Collections, Los Angeles, California.

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

Museum of Modern Art Library / Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, New York, New York.

New York Public Library / Print Collection, New York, New York.

Printed Matter, New York, New York.

Emory University Library / Special Collections, Atlanta, Georgia.

University of California / Mandeville Special Collections, San Diego, California.

Kansas State University Library, Manhattan, Kansas.

Texas Tech University / Southwest Collections, Lubbock, Texas.

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ringling School of Art and Design / Kimbrough Library, Sarasota, Florida.

Lafayette College / Skillman Library / Special Collections, Easton, Pennsylvania.

The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada.

Museo dei Tarocchi, Bologna, Italy.

Institute of International Education, New York, New York.

IPE (Institut für Personalentwicklung), Köln, Germany.

G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, New York.

Dr. Dadja Altenhofer, Germany.

Dr. Imoberdorff, Zürich, Switzerland.
Alexander Campos, New York, New York.

Trinidad Fombella, New York, New York.

Ria Hinzmann, Freiburg, Germany.

Peter von Elten, Zürich, Switzerland.


Brooklyn Film Festival: Hanging By A Thread, Germany In NYC, May 2014.

More STIFF Trailers, Media Inc., Apr. 14, 2014.

An interview with Catya Plate, Stigmart VideoFocus Special Issue, Stigmart10 Press, March 2014.

Mark Bell, Hanging By A Thread, Film Threat Reviews, February 5, 2014.

David Schonauer, MAP Spotlight: An Animation Award for Hanging By a Thread, AI-AP Publications, Motion Arts Pro Daily, September 12, 2013.

David Schonauer, MAP Spotlight: Catya Plate's Hanging By A Thread, AI-AP Publications, Motion Arts Pro Daily, May 8, 2013.

Open Contest Photographing Clothespin Freaks Art, New York, January 26, 2013.

Brainard Carey, Art World Demystified: Interview with Catya Plate, artist and award-winning animator, Yale Radio , July 13, 2012.

Johnny Case, Seattle True Independent Film Festival Recap, Johnny Case In Wonderland, May 2012.

Johnny Case, Crossroads Film Festival Recap, Johnny Case In Wonderland, April 2012.

Frances Chapman, Anatomy on Display, GRASSROOTSFUTURES, July 28, 2009.

Claudia Cruz, Imaginando un mundo mejor, El Correo de Queens, April 17, 2009, page 16.

James Kalm, ARTWALKING: Bedford Avenue, YouTube, May 19, 2008.

Sergio Guarin, Finding yourself in (the middle of), Greenpoint-Williamsburg Gazette, May 5, 2008.

Greg Hanlon, Borobeat: Artwalking on Bedford Avenue”, Williamsburg Courier, May 2, 2008.

Judith A. Hoffberg, Clothespin Tarot”, Umbrella Online, ARTIST BOOK REVIEWS, volume 30, June 2007.

Janet M. Golias, Playabout, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York, July 2007.

Carl MacGowan, Outings: For adults, a different way of seeing, New York Newsday, April 2005.

Michael Rehak, Seeing Art Through The Eyes Of A Childâ, Queens Tribune, April 14, 2005.

I.S.-W., Blick in die Innenwelt des Menschen, Schweizer Illustrierte, Die Besten-Magazin, 2004.

Suzanne Kappeler, “Skulptur und Zeichnung im Dialog: Galerien am Zuerichberg, Neue Zuercher Zeitung,

Amanda Gordon, The New York Sun, Calendar, “Drawings-Between the Lines”, page 12, July 8, 2004.

Mary Thomas, At Fe Gallery, lust makes attractive exhibit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 6, 2003.

Ken Johnson, Five Solo Shows, The New York Times, Art in Review, July 18, 2003.

Lorne Colon, Drawing Life Where There Is None, The Villager, July 2-8, 2003.

MeryLynn McCorkle, Travelogue 21 (San Bernardino, CA)”, NY ARTS, 2003.

Hannah Higgins, Intermedial Perception or Fluxing Across the Sensory, Convergence 2002,Vol.8, No.4, 2002.

Mike Giuliano, Art Craw, Baltimore City Paper, Art Review, Vol.28 No.28, July 10-July 16, 2002.

Mike Giuliano, Critics Choice, Baltimore Weekly, Vol.26 No.26, June 26-July 3, 2002.

Peter Frank, Picks of the Week: Dermatome, LA WEEKLY, Art Review, Vol.24, No.12, Febr. 8-14, 2002.

Glenn McNatt, Glimpsing, but not seeing, Baltimore Sun, November 26, 2000.

Gary Axelbank, Bronxtalk: Bronx Asthma Symposium and Arthsma 2000, Bronxnet TV, Sept.11, 2000.

Andrea Delbanco, Capturing A Killer: Artists Visions On Asthma, The New York Times, September, 2000.

Dany Nobus, POOR TRAITS OF THE SELF, Some Remarks on Imaging the Wunderboard, Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, June 22, 2000.

Steve Rockwell, dARTLESâ, dART INTERNATIONAL, pages 7- 10, volume 3, number 1, winter 2000.

MaryEllen OBrien, The Ars Moriendi Tradition: A Hermeneutic of the Art of Holy Dying in History and Contemporary Practice, May 1999.

Todd Aven, No Non-Sense Will Be Tolerated!, Night, number 42, 1999.

Molly Knight/Renatt Brodsky, What is Hot New York, DNR, page 9-January 13, 1999.

Catya Plate, 1001 SMELLS: A Smelly Affair at the Bronx Museum of Arts, The Aroma-Chology Review,

Joan DArcy, Barrett House New Directions hows best range, style, Daily Freeman, Preview, 1997.

Artist in the Marketplace 17th Annual Exhibition”, Exhibit Catalog, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1997.

Anthony Floreno, Market Brief, Chemical Market Reporter (Flavors & Fragrances), Schnell Publishing Company, Inc., New York, New York. Volume 252 No.7, August 18, 1997.

Traci Kampel, Tribeca stakes a claim as working artist haven, The Villager, New York. July 9, 1997.

Stephanie Brown, Publications quarterly; Artists Books, Artists Newsletter, London,UK. February 1995.

Iain Gale, Sound Ideas, The Independent, United Kingdom. November 12, 1993.


2013 Alumni Scholarship Award Panelist for School of Visual Arts.
2002 Painting Panelist for Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Fellowship Awards.
1999 Curated HANGING INSTRUCTIONS (traveling exhibit) at Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery at City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York and at Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, New York.
1997 Organized REFLECTING POOL, at Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, New York.


School of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Dept., New York, New York. 1987-88.
Werkkunstschule Koeln, Fine Arts Dept., Koeln, Germany. B.F.A. 1987.


Born in Barcelona, Spain. Citizenship, German.

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