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Kata Billups

Curriculum Vitae


Kata Billups

(b. 1958, U.S.A)

Winthrop University, Master of Fine Arts, 2005

Kansas City Art Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1989


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2022-2007 On-line Show via my eBay Gallery

virtual gallery show, (International Collectors)

2008          ELVIS TAKES DALLAS

Curtis Group Architects, Dallas, TX.

2006          Fame is a Seriously Funny Thing

Bongo Java, Nashville, TN.

2006          KATA

A&D Gallery

London, UK.

2003          KATA’s Going Away Show


Charleston, SC.

2003          An American Folk Artist, KATA

La Pop Gallerie,

Ivry Sur Sein, FR.

2001          Dylan in Black and White, Mostly

The Arts Company, Nashville, Tn.

2001          Bob Dylan, Painted Lyrics

The Depot Gallery, Montauk, NY.

2000          KATA One Woman Show

32 Vendue Gallery, Charleston, SC.

1999          KATA

M.C.A. Music Artist Development Headquarters,

Nashville, TN.

1999          KATA

Capitol Records Headquarters,

Los Angels, CA.

1998          ELVIS SIGHTINGS

Fifty Two Five, Charleston, SC.

1997          Elvis in New Orleans

The Living Room, New Orleans, LA.

1996          Rock and Roll Icons by Kata Billups

Channel Red, Charleston, SC.

1995          New Work by KATA

The Atlanta Music Festival, Atlanta, GA.

1995          Versace Rocks

Versace, Miami, FL.

1994          Rock and Roll Cigars

Wake Up Little Suzie, Washington D.C.

1994          New Rock and Roll work by KATA

The Island Restaurant , Isle of Palms, SC.

1993          Elvis Sightings

Twelfth and Porter, Nashville, TN.


Outside In, Hollywood, CA.

1991          CAPITOL ELVIS

Capitol Records, Nashville, Tn.


Selected Group Exhibitions



Winthrop University Gallery, Rock Hill, SC.


2001         New Folk and Outsider Show

America Oh Yes!, Hilton Head, SC.

2001         Elvis, Glorious Elvis

Galerie  Michel Gillet, Paris, FR.

2000         ELVIS 

Musee de’Orsay, Sete, FR.

1999         KATA

New York Folk Art Society, New York, NY.

1999         Howard Finster Visionary with KATA

The Nesin Gallery, Myrtle Beach, SC.


1998         Show in the Electric Chair

Primitive Kool, San Diego, CA.

1997         Folk Artists

The Red Piano Too, St. Helena’s Island, CS.

1997         Rock Stars in Art

Fish Head Soup, Denver, Co.

1996         KATA and Others Rock Artists

Checkered Moon, Savannah, GA.

1995         ICONS,

The Yard Dog, Austin, TX.


1995-1996            Elvis & Marilyn, 2X Immortal, Travelling International Show,

The N.Y. Historical Society, New York, NY., Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, Hi., The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, MA., Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC., Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH., San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

1994         FOOD

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

1993         Rock & Roll

Diversity Out, Atlanta, GA.

1992         ELVIS SHOW

Delta Axis, Memphis, TN.

Early Group Exhibitions

1992         Out Door Picoletto Art Show

Picoletto Spoleto, Charleston, SC.

1991         KATA

JAMIE, Nashville, TN.

1989         Opryland Art Purchase Award

Opryland Hotel

Nashville, TN.

1987         Athena Art Competition

The Parthenon, Nashville, Tn.

1987         Fundraising Show

The Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC.

1979         Purchase Award

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.

Kata developed as an artist over the last four decades since graduating with the highest award from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1979.

Living in Charleston, S.C. during her early twenties, Kata created murals for many of the city's first nightclubs and restaurants and won a Platinum Addy Award for one of her magazine illustrations. Charleston finally hit the map as a historic town in the calibeur of New Oreans and Boston when Gian Carlo Menotti chose it to host his annual Spoletto Festival U.S.A. In the second year of the festival, Kata (still in her arly twenties) decided to test her wings as a newly trained art student and became co-creator of a gala event held at the historic Mills House Hotel. She named the event The Unicorn Ball (after one of Gian Carlo's operas). This elegant venue (replete with oiriginal art by Kata for Mr. Menotti, a string quartet and ice sculpture of a unicorn)  allowed the citizens of Charleston to meet the mysterious Gian Carlo Menotti for the first and only time.  

after moving to Long Island in her mid- twenties, Kata created pieces for clients like Gentleman’s Quarterly Magazine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Newsday New York, Preservation Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and Paris France’s ROCK&FOLK.

In her early thirties while living in  Nashville, Kata began a series of paintings focusing on Elvis. The work playfully narrated “Elvis Sightings” and helped germinate her future body of work which includes Kata’s favorite rock and roll icons from the sixties and seventies.

Three of Kata’s first famous collectors were Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and The Tennessee State Museum. As this body of work grew, the list of famous collectors grew. Within that list are Julia Roberts, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi, The William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Jimmy Vaughan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins etc.

In 2002 Kata returned to school for her M.F.A . Her Master’s Thesis entitled Let Jesus OUT of The Box: The Case for an Emotional Jesus in Painting. Kata asserts that within the entire lifespan of imagery surrounding Jesus -there are only a handful of paintings that picture him as an emotional being.

Kata lived in Colorado with her husband for about ten years. While living there she developed a new venue for her work through eBay.

Currently KATA and her husband live in Cadiz Kentucky (about an hour north of Nashville TN.) and run her gallery called RockandRollIconArt. Kata is currently working on a new large painting with a genre scene set in a 70’s living home interior (equip with poodle lamps, orange velvet sofa and kitschy floral sunroom). The narrative involves Mick Jagger, his two black girlfriends and their ‘straight’ Mother and Father. Again, KATA is juxtaposing the 70’s ideas of sexuality, fame and every day life in the 70’s with today’s morals and customs. 


Kata will also be traveling to a few indoor art show venues each year and may be looking for few show locations outside her gallery. More information about these venues will be announced on this site as they are planned.


A new website (and corresponding book) is being developed by KATA in the coming year about SEPARATING EVIL AND GOOD SPIRITUAL PHENOMENA. (more on that and a link to her website dealing with all that coming soon).

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