Gretta Louw was born in South Africa and grew up in Australia; she received her BA in 2001 from the University of Western Australia and Honours in Psychology in 2002, subsequently living in Japan and New Zealand before moving to Germany in 2007. Today, Louw lives and works between Munich, Germany and Perth, Australia. She has participated in residencies in Australia, Israel, and the US, and her work has been exhibited widely - in New York, Berlin, London, Jakarta, and Tel Aviv, amongst others - including in a number of public institutions such as the Kunstmuseum Solothurn (CH), Stadtgalerie Mannheim (DE), Kunstverein Ludwigshafen (DE), LABoral (ES), and the Stadtmuseum Munich (DE). In 2014, Louw was the recipient of the biannual Vetter Prize awarded by the City of Mannheim. In 2016, she was awarded the Bahnwaerter Stipendium for visual arts by the City of Esslingen am Neckar. In 2017, Louw was one of five artists in residence at the Mozilla Foundation's MozFest event in London, curated by Irini Papadimitriou (V&A Museum) and Luca Damiani (Tate). Her work has been covered by Kunstforum, Hyperallergic, WIRED, the Süddeutsche newspaper, Bomb Magazine, and El Mundo newspaper, amongst others.
Since 2011, Louw has been collaborating with the Warlpiri Aboriginal art and cultural centre Warnayaka Art, located in Lajamanu in Australia's Northern Territory. The long-standing creative partnership has resulted in numerous artworks, exhibition, and tours. In 2017, Warnayaka, Louw, and Sneakaway Studio (Owen Mundy) launched the Mirawarri app for Android and iOS; the first Indigenous selfie and digital image-making app.
Louw's writing has been featured on platforms such as Hyperallergic, Furtherfield, DigiCult, and design platform PAMONO, as well as in numerous print publications and catalogues. In 2012, she released her first book, Controlling_Connectivity: Art, Psychology, and the Internet (a limited edition artist's book about her durational online performance of the same name), followed in 2013 by Warnayaka Art Centre: Art in the Digital Desert, and in 2014 her first catalogue Works / Arbeiten 2011-2014.
Louw has curated several exhibitions internationally, including Networking the Unseen - first at Furtherfield Gallery in London in 2016 and then, in an expanded form, at the Villa Merkel museum in Esslingen, Germany in 2017/18; Net Work at Platform Gastatelier in Munich; and the upcoming exhibition Iconicity at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University in New York (opening January 2019).