Petra Kleinherne - Biography

Petra Kleinherne’s work lies between abstraction and figuration. It is process driven and is transformed by the alchemy of oil paint, and unexpected results happen through an interplay of the viscosity of paint, the brush and the canvas. Colour and the landscape drive her painting, man made structures and the figure may appear.

Kleinherne came to Australia from Germany in 1981 and since that time has lived and worked in Melbourne. She studied painting privately, then Visual Arts at Victoria University (2006), and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting from Monash University (2010).

Kleinherne has had solo exhibitions with the Goethe Institute in 2014/15, the German Embassy in Canberra in 2018, as well as numerous group shows since 1998. Wanderer in 2020 was Kleinherne’s first solo exhibition with Jacob Hoerner Galleries. Outside of exhibiting, study and research Kleinherne undertook a residency in France in 2017, as well as Germany and Croatia in 2019, stemming from these International residencies and travel her works are in private collections in Australia, Germany and France.