Kato Rempel, was born in Vancouver, BC Canada. She spent her early 20’s and 30’s in the graphic design industry in Vancouver when the computer age was blossoming. After spending 13 years working non-stop she escaped the working world for several years overseas with her family studying foreign cultures, their art and architectural design. The overseas locations that inspired her most were Sri Lanka and India. During these adventures she started studying oil painting on a daily basis and turned it into her career. When she came back to Canada she relocated to Kelowna, BC where she continued her studies in oil painting with two wonderful local artists Kristy Gordon and Jerry Markham.
Kato uses her plain-air alla-prima technique in most of her work and leans towards an impressionistic style. Her inspirations are vast but she is influenced by mid-century modern inspired art. Her subject matter goes from the beautiful women of India to the passion of couples in the West. From lotus flowers and lush scenery of Sri Lanka to still-lives right here in her studio. Kato enjoys taking things to a new perspective with her foreshortening techniques in figurative work and pushing the boundaries of with abstraction. Early 2018 saw her experimenting with mixed media abstraction that are now reflective in her current oil paintings.
Her original artwork graces the private collections in homes worldwide, from London, England to Sydney, Germany, Australia, Canada, India and the US.
Kato has won several awards through the Federation of Canadian Artists juried shows over the last few years and has now completed a peer review advancement that now gives her the designation of AFCA (Associate Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists)