K.O. Götz (Karl Otto Götz) is born in 1914 in Aachen, Germany. As a student of the Kunstgewerbeschule, he engages with new media and creates first abstract works, collages and spray paintings that are destroyed during the war. From 1936 on, K.O. Götz experiments with abstract film, photo-painting, and photograms, and, although he is prohibited to paint and exhibit in the 1940s, he probes ways of applying paint with an air pump. During this time he also creates compositions with colored organic forms and surreal, abstract-representational works. From 1948 to 1953 he is the editor of the journal »Meta.«
In 1949 K.O. Götz becomes a member of an international group of artists, named COBRA, an acronym composed of the first letters of the capitals Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. With the group breaking up in 1951 and the founding of the Frankfurt-based group »Quadriga« in the following year, the technique and the production process of K.O. Götz » work change, his works now freeing themselves from the object that is represented. First abstract attempts with application of paint from window panes on paper are followed by K.O. Götz « works in Art Informel style, influenced by the artist Wols and by French Tachism. Applying dark paint on light ground with a brush, he then partially removes it again with a spatula. The dynamic handwriting and the act of painting in these sign-like as well as rhythmical color compositions become essential elements of his pictures.
Together with Otto Greis, Heinz Kreutz, and Bernhard Schultze, K.O. Götz participates in the Quadriga-exhibition in Frankfurt (Zimmergalerie Franck). His works are shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and in 1959 he takes part in the Documenta 2.
In 1959 K.O. Götz closes his Frankfurt studio and accepts a professorship at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where he remains until 1979. His involvement with aspects of information theory and Gestalt psychology during this time leads to the Rasterbilder which K.O. Götz develops at first in black-and-white, later in polychrome (Statistisch-metrische Modulation 11:5, 1959/60). Since the mid-1990s he creates paintings as well as Schnellzeichnungen, black on white paper or white on black cardboard that K.O. Götz understands to be non-controlled, automatic sketches produced at high speed.
K.O. Götz lives and works in Wockenacker, Westerwald, since 1975.
K. O. Götz, Ein Rückblick – Aktuelle Arbeiten: Ausst.-Kat. Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum u. Ludwig-Forum für Internationale Kunst, hg. v. Adam Oellers, Aachen 2004
K.O. Götz, Impuls und Intention: Ausst.-Kat. hg. v. Ralph Melcher, Worms 2004
Entfesselte Form, Fünfzig Jahre Frankfurter Quadriga: Ausst.-Kat. Städelsches Kunstinstitut u. Städtische Galerie, hg. v. Siegrid Hofer, Frankfurt/M. / Basel 2002
Informel, Götz – Schultze – Hoehme: Ausst.-Kat. Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund 1980
K. O. Götz: Ausst.-Kat. hg. v. Manfred de la Motte, Bonn 1978
K. O. Götz: Ausst.-Kat. Bonn 1975
K. O. Götz: Ausst.-Kat. Mannheim 1969
K. O. Götz: Ausst.-Kat. Aachen 1967