Renate Debrun was born and grew up on a farm in rural northern Bavaria. She left Germany in 1977 for Ireland, then lived in the US, Mexico, Spain and England, before returning to settle in Dublin in 1989. She now divides her time between Ireland and France.
As an artist she is self-taught, taking up painting professionally in the mid-1990s. Initially, she worked on fabric, then concentrated on print-making, and currently works in both printmaking (etching and monotype) and mixed media drawing. She has exhibited regularly and her work is represented in corporate and private collections in Ireland and abroad.
She originally studied languages, finishing with an MA in English/Romance Literature and Linguistics, and she speaks English, German, French, Spanish, and Greek.
Renate’s other main area of interest is in plants and landscaping, and for the past 15 years she has also been working part-time as a professional plantswoman and gardener.