Julia Kalkbrenner is a contemporary oil painter, currently living in northern California. Born in Brussels (Belgium) to German parents, she spent her childhood years growing up in Germany and the United States.

Julia graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, and moved back to Germany where she spent the following 22 years, first working as a commercial photographer before committing herself to full-time painting in 1993.

In 1998 a trip to the US South West was the beginning of her deep love for and long relationship with this region. 
Thereafter followed many study periods in New Mexico, among these an Artist-in-Residency in the small town of Carrizozo. Travels to northern Africa and Australia complimented her study periods abroad, yet Julia’s draw to New Mexico and its influence on her work remains unparalleled to this day.

Julia’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout Europe and the United States.


Artist statement

Over the 30 years that I have been painting, I’ve explored a very wide range of painting styles as my work shows. My exploration is fueled by the continuous search for how to best express the world I perceive, inside and out. Moving between impressionistic form and expressive gesture my work represents extracts of my reality, a reality nurtured by inner dialog and endless observation of light, color, shape and composition.



1985-89 – Rhode Island School of Design (USA)
1989 – BFA Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design (USA)
1989 – 2013 Bad Honnef (Germany)
1994 – Associate Member of National Art Guild, Berufsverband Bildender Künstler (BBK), Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)
2006 – Artist Residency, New Mexico (USA)
Since 2013 lives and works in northern California (USA)


Selected Exhibitions

2010 – Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt (Germany)
2009 – Management Engineers GmbH & Co. KG, Düsseldorf (Germany)
2006 – “Found Objects”, Gallery 408, Carrizozo New Mexico (USA)
2001 – DELTA MANAGEMENT Consultants GmbH, Frankfurt (Germany)
1998 – “WORKS”, Atelier am Rhein, Linz (Germany)
1996 – “Landschaften”, Gallerie “Idea & Art”, Bad Honnef (Germany)
1994 – “XYZ”, Galerie im Sternenhof, Bonn (Germany)
1992 – “Mexican Windows”, Künstlerkeller “Zur Kerze”, Bonn (Germany)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 – Invitational Exhibition #8, Graton Gallery, Graton CA
2009 – Fördergemeinschaft Junge Kunst, Bad Honnef (Germany)
1997 – Kristallfabrik, Ahrbrück (Germany)
1993 – Ausbildungstätte Auswertiges Amt (Germany)
1991 – Postakademie, Bad Honnef (Germany)



2006 – Gallery 408 Carrizozo, New Mexico (USA)


Gallery Representation

2017 – present    Gallery 408 Carrizozo, New Mexico (USA)