Artist Biography

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)



Honourable Mention - "Come talk to me" - FCA Oasis (Juried) Annual Show, Peachland Art Gallery - July 2018

Honourable Mention - "Reflecting on a distance reality" - FCA Vancouver (Juried) Artists Choice Show - February 2018

3rd Prize Award - "Lazy Days" - FCA Vancouver (Juried) Summer Art Show - August 8-20, 2017

Honourable Mention for "Love Struck" - FCA Signature Medal Show, Vancouver  November 30 - December 23, 2016

2nd Prize Award - Autumn Gallery, Kelowna  (Juried) "Layed Back" - FCA Okanagan (Juried) November 18-20, 2016

2nd Prize Award -Oasis 2016  (Juried)  "Star Gazing III" - FCA Okanagan (Juried) July/August, 2016

1st Prize Award - Autumn Gallery, Kelowna  (Juried) "Star Gazing I" - FCA Okanagan (Juried) November 22 - 22, 2015

2nd Prize Award - Oasis 2015 (Juried) FCA, National Show at the Rotary Centre of the Arts, Kelowna, May 2015

2nd Prize Award for "Dancing in the night II" - Small Smaller and Smallest, FCA Vancouver – (Juried) June 9 - 21, 2015

Honourable Mention for "Admiration" in Foliage and Flowers, FCA Vancouver – (Juried) April 2015

1st Prize Award for "Buoyant Light" Painting at the Autumn Gallery, Kelowna, - (Juried) Nov 21, 2014




January/February - “Evolution of an Artist” Solo Show, Peachland Art Gallery, BC


November/December - Artists of the Okanagan, Peachland Art Gallery, BC

November - AFCA Signature Medal Show, FCA, Vancouver, BC

November - Autumn Gallery, FCA Central Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

October - 2018 AIRE: The Annual International Representational Exhibition, FCA, Vancouver, BC

August - Exnihlo Winery, Lake Country BC

August - Gallery 97, Peachland BC

August - Limitless Online show, FCA, Vancouver BC

August - Marmalade Cat Cafe. Solo Art Show, Kelowna BC

July - Oasis Art Show FCA Central Okanagan Juried show at Peachland Art Gallery - Honourable Mention

July 9-29 - Painting on the Edge (POTE) at Granville Island FCA Vancouver Juried show

June to Sept - Exnihilo Gallery, Lake country. Three of my paintings will be on display.

May - Juror and presenter for Thompson Nicola Shuswap Regional Art Show, Kamploops

April - SOLO Art Show at Icon Gallery Framing, Kelowna, BC

March - Abstracted -  FCA Vancouver Gallery - Honourable mention for "Reflecting on a distance reality"

February - Artists Choice - FCA Vancouver Gallery - Honourable Mention

January - Works on Paper

January - 12th Annual Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition, Astoria OR USA



November - Autumn Gallery

October - AIRS - FCA Vancouver

September - Group Show at West Kelowna Yacht Club

August - Summer Gallery at FCA Vancouver - 3rd Prize Award

July - Oasis FCA Peachland Art Gallery

April - Bloom FCA Vancouver

April - Ode to Oils FCA Vancouver



Dec - FCA Signature Medal Show, FCA Vancouver (Juried) (Honourable Mention)

Nov - Autumn Gallery - FCA Okanagan (Juried) (2nd Prize Award)

Nov - 10 Squared Fundraiser Show at FCA Vancouver

Oct - Annual International Representational Show - AIRS

Sept - FCA 75th Anniversary Signature Celebration and Exhibition

Aug - Painting on the Edge, FCA Vancouver Show

Aug - Small, Smaller, Smallest, FCA Vancouver Show

July - Oasis 2016 Show at Peachland Art Gallery - Silver Award

July - Gallery Odin Summer Show

April - TNSC FCA Open Show - Artists ChoiceApril - TNSC FCA Open Show - Artists Choice

March - Successfully achieved the AFCA designation through the Federation of Canadian Artists -Participating in the "Success Show" March 15-27

March - Art Escape at Big White



November - Autumn Gallery - FCA Okanagan (Juried) (1st Prize Award)

October - AIRS - Annual International Representational Show at FCA Vancouver (Juried)

June - Oasis 2015 (Juried) at the Rotary Centre of the Arts, Kelowna (2nd Prize Award)

June - Gallery Odin summer show

June - Small Smaller and Smallest, FCA Vancouver - (Juried) (2nd Prize Award)

April - Canvas Unbound, FCA Vancouver - (Juried)

April - Foliage and Flowers, FCA Vancouver - (Juried) (Honourable Mention)

January – February Solo show - Hyderabad, India



November - Autumn Gallery, Kelowna, - (Juried) (1st Prize Award)

June - Small Smaller and Smallest, FCA Vancouver - (Juried)

May - Oasis Art Show and Symposium, FCA Okanagan, (Juried)

March - Big White Ski Resort, BC Canada

January - Active Members Show, FCA Vancouver, (Juried)

January - Artist Choice Show, FCA Vancouver, (Juried)



“Artist shows face as part of group exhibition at Silver Star Gallery” - Vernon Morning Star, June 2015

“Inspired by the City” - Post Noon – Art and Culture – Sept 2013

“Old and New” - Feature Article - Hindu News – August 2013

“Preserving the rocky landscape through art” - Times of India – August 2013

“Inspired by Culture” - Art & Culture – Hyderabad Hans – August 2013

“Women and Culture” - August 2013

“A Keen Foreign Eye” - Times of Bangalore, India – September 2013


March - Art Escape at Big White

Now an Associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists

Now an Associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists