Kalina de Bruin is a self taught artist, whose passion for the creative initially led her to pursue a career in Interior Design. Following an interstate move and the birth of her first child, Kalina decided to set aside her creative pursuits and retrained as a primary school teacher. One particular year she was given the opportunity to teach Art at her school and, while guiding her students with their own creativity, she realised that creativity needed to become a significant part of her life once again.
Having grown up in Melbourne, travelled and lived in Western Australia and Canada, she is now based on the border between Melbourne’s outskirts and the beautiful hills and beaches of Southwest Gippsland, Australia.
Her works span a variety of subject matter, with a main focus on landscapes. She draws inspiration from the sun’s impact on the sky and surfaces, and seasonal changes in nature. Her breast cancer diagnosis in 2021 saw her work turn inward, reflecting on the emotions and experiences of facing ones own mortality, and shifting towards more joyful pieces celebrating all that we have to be grateful for.
In addition to her existing catalogue of artworks as shown on her website, she also produces a limited number of comission pieces each year. Please contact her directly via email if you would like to discuss comissioning an artwork for your collection.
Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) RMIT 1998
Graduate Diploma in Education (Murdoch University) 2009
‘Shadows at Play’, MAVA online group exhibition, October 2021
‘Change’, Group exhibition at Cube 37 @ FAC, November 2021
‘smART’, Small Works Group Exhibition at The Track Gallery, February 2022
‘Smorgasbord’, Group exhibition at The Hut Gallery, March 2022
‘Winter Solstice’, Curated Group Exhibition at ArtSpace Wonthaggi, June 2022