© 2006 Theresa Byrnes, Kangaroo #2, ink on paper (36” x 59”)
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Originally from Australia, painter, performance artist, and writer Theresa Byrnes was born in Sydney in 1969. She earned a degree in visual arts from Sydney College of the Arts and, beginning in 1986, exhibited throughout Australia before relocating to New York City in 2000. Her artistic roots are in oil painting, moving from portraits to abstraction in 1995. In 2003, she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and has gone on to exhibit extensively at venues in both Australia and the United States, including Saatchi & Saatchi and Sotheby’s Australia. Byrnes, who has Friedreich’s ataxia, published her autobiography, The Divine Mistake, in 1999.