Renate Wenzl was born in Aachen, Germany in 1961 and later moved to the European arts centre of Köln (Cologne) where she studied Fine Arts at the “Fachhochschule für Kunst und Design” (Technical University for the Arts and Design).
As a member of a number of art groups and studios she experimented with various techniques and some elements of her distinctive style - using abstract forms to create powerful compositions of depth and colour - already featured strongly in her early work.
Renate migrated to Australia in 1992 where, after the birth of her three children, she now lives with her husband on their farm in Korweinguboora, Victoria, producing some of her most compelling work to date. She enjoys the freedom of creating her abstract art which she always considered her own language and her private world.
How long have you been making your art?
I have been making my art for around 20 years.
How did you get started?
It is hard to pinpoint how and when I got started. The abstract art style I am presenting now has evolved from my work started 20 years ago.
What is your greatest inspiration?
The Aboriginal artists of Australia. Their abstract view of stories and landscape is breathtaking. I think I will always try to achieve an equal ability to describe a story or feeling in such a natural abstract manner. What is described in often very colourful ways carries 40000 years of culture and important stories without being patronising or preaching.
What is the greatest challenge about owning your own creative business?
To promote my own artwork and communicate with people I don't know. That was exactly what I liked about Handmade Exchange, the enthusiasm and excitement all the artisans show by talking about their craft and the friendliness they show talking to their fans or customers.