Katerina Zacharopoulou was born in Athens where she lives and works. She studied at the Art Workshop for Experimental Research in Athens and then she attended educational seminars on contemporary art at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In 1998 she received grants from the American Embassy, the Hellenic-American Union and the Chicago Artists International Program, which enabled her to work in Chicago (Chicago Cultural Center), where she had the opportunity to exhibit her art and organize educational programs. Her artistic work includes installations, performance, photography, videos, drawings, engraving, paintings and texts She explores the importance of memory and subjectivity in art, but also the unique relationship between artist and society, in relation to social customs and practices, history of art, fairytales and the place of women within social reality. One of the characteristic motifs of her art is her ‘Encasements’ series, referring to closed structures, with obvious theatrical features and allusions to long-standing stereotypes. Alongside her artistic work, she excelled as a journalist and presenter of television and radio shows on contemporary art. She has worked with public and private media on art and culture programmes. Since 2003, she is the producer and presenter of the show The Era of Images for ERT, the Greek state broadcaster, where she interviews acclaimed Greek and foreign artists and curators.
She has taught in many educational institutions and is particularly interested and active in the field of education and contemporary art by regularly organizing workshops in museums and other organizations (Athens National Art Gallery, the National Museum of Contemporary Art EMST, the Benaki Museum, The Museum of Cycladic art, NEON, The Swartz Foundation etc). In 2002 she organized the educational program for the Van Abbe Museum collection, presented in Athens Fine Art School. She has been awarded by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad for her contribution to the dissemination of Greek creation in the U.S.A. She has edited educational books on international art collections. Her book «For the things that are missing», with interview transcripts from her shows, was published in 2010 (Agra Publications).
She has presented her work in 14 solo exhibitions and has participated in several group shows in Greece and abroad. Selection of solo and group shows include: Museum of Architecture and Design –Chicago, Gallery Bernier/Eliades- Athens, CACT-Bey Hamam-Thessaloniki, Hydra School project-Hydra, ISET-Athens, Benaki Museum-Athens, Onassis Culture Center, 42nd Salon de Mont Rouge-Paris, Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design- Chicago USA, Arco 2004 Madrid- Spain, State Museum of Contemporary Art-Thessaloniki, CRAC-Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussilon-France, Athens Biennale 2009 & 2015, National Portrait Gallery//Washington D.C, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center SNFCC Athens, Megaron -The Athens Concert Hall- Annexm, Sismanoglio –Istanbul, C.C.A- Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete.