Claudia Grutke was born 1966 in Germany, where she lived, worked and studied until 1996. She immigrated to New Zealand in August 1996.
An interest in art started early. Drawing and painting was enjoyed as a pleasurable hobby for many years. While working professionally as a pharmacist, some private lessons were taken to explore drawing, painting and abstract art. Apart from these lessons she is mainly self-taught.
Claudia decided to turn her passion for art into a profession while living through the sequence of earthquakes in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. After moving to the North Island of New Zealand in 2013, she now lives in Raglan and works from her studio at home.
She is the winner of the Artist of the Year competition 2014 by Chroma.
Claudia is represented online at Saatchi Art, her paintings have sold to collectors in New Zealand, USA and Europe.
Paintings are also available at the Kiwi Arthouse Gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington.
Claudia’s work was part of an international group exhibition at Galleria De Marchi, Bologna in December 2015 with a show to be repeated in November 2016. She accepted an invitation to show some of her work at the Hernandez Gallery in Milan, April 2016 as part of the “women’s essence project” with international participation. She was participating in another international group exhibition organised by Trevisan International Art at the Ateneo de Madrid, October 2016.
Some of her work was available at NZ Art Show in Wellington, June 2016 and at the Original Art Sale in Auckland, October 2016. Her work will be on show as part of the Kiwi Art House Gallery Christmas Exhibition at the CQ Hotel in Cuba Street, Wellington in December 2016.
A busy open studio weekend for the third year running is anticipated as part of the Raglan Arts Weekend in January 2017.