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Born in Essen, West Germany, Katharina Fritsch first studied history and art history at the University of Münster and, in 1977, transferred to Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. There, she was a student of Fritz Schwegler until 1984.
In 2001, Fritsch was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Münster, a post she held until 2010. She is currently Professor of Sculpture at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
1984 Kunstpreis Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf
1989 Kunstpreis Glockengasse, Cologne
1994 Coutts & Co. International Award, London
1996 Kunstpreis Aachen
1999 Junge Stadt sieht Junge Kunst, Wolfsburg
2002 Konrad-von-Soest-Preis des Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe
2008 Piepenbrock Preis für Skulptur
2014 Kunstpreis Düsseldorf