Kotzen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1953 and studied painting and printmaking in Johannesburg, London, and University of Oregon, USA, where, in 1979, she received a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. Since then she has travelled, taught and exhibited widely. Kotzen now lives and work in London, exhibiting principally with the Curwen Gallery. She continues to make work that expands one's experience of the minutiae of nature, as well as its enormity. Her work embraces a world that shimmers with poetry, colour, light and dimension.