Born in America, Sydney-based Kim Leutwyler migrated to Australia in 2012. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia and drawing. Kim holds concurrent bachelor degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and additionally graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Painting and Drawing degree.

Kim’s current work takes its form in paintings dealing with images of beauty, gender and Queer-identity. She has come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon. By entering into the modernist painting field Kim hopes to destabilize gender borders just as LGBTQ artists have been doing since the 70’s and earlier. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries throughout the United States and Australia.

Leutwyler's recent accolades include being selected as a finalist in the Archibald, Sulman and Bluethumb Art Prizes, as well as the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award. She also won the Midsumma Visual Arts Guide Cover Competition, and her painting was the hero image for the 2016 LGBTQ Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Art World Heroes and Influences:

Robert Rauschenberg
Cecily Brown
Jake and Dinos Chapman
Jenny Saville
Kehinde Wiley
Margherita Manzelli
Mark Gleason
Geoff Farnsworth
Ben Quilty
Romaine Brooks

curriculum vitae

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Bluethumb Art Prize, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
No Woman is an Island, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, Australia
Virtual Connections, No.1 Martin Place Mezzanine, Sydney, Australia
Queer Art Prize Judges Exhibit, Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne, Australia

Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Trailblazing Women of Herstory, Neospace, Melbourne, Australia
John Copes Portrait Prize, Bowral Art Gallery, Bowral, Australia
Meridian, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Australia (Feature Artist)
Archibald Prize, Regional Art Museums and Galleries, Australia

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
The Other Art Fair, aMBUSH Project Space, Sydney, Australia
Home Free: A Midsumma Exhibition, Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne, Australia

Artfuly: A Digital Discovery, Zigi's Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Comfort Zone, Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne, Australia
Inquisitarium, Art @1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Australia

2017 Archibald Prize Finalist. Portrait used as key marketing image, Australia
2017 Sir John Sulman Prize, Australia
2017 Bluethumb Art Prize finalist, Australia
2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award finalist, Australia
2016 Midsumma Visual Arts Cover Guide Winner, Australia
2016 John Copes Portrait Prize finalist, Australia
2016 Spoon x Ello Finalist, featured in SPOON Magazine, USA
2015 Archibald Prize Finalist. Portrait used as key marketing image, Australia
2015 Jerry’s Artarama Self Portrait Finalist, USA

Alex Mackay, Brisbane, Australia
Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York
Printmaking Student Association Collection, Arizona State University

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL 2008-2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing
Arizona State University (Also studied abroad at University of Auckland, New Zealand) Bachelor of Arts, Art
Katherine K. Herberger, College of Fine Arts, Tempe
Double Major: Art History and Studio with emphasis in printmaking
Graduated May. 2007 magna cum laude * Concurrent Degrees

I create and donate cause-specific paintings for auction, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the following non-profit organisations: Global Women's Project, TABLE, Arizona Human Rights Foundation, Phoenix Pride, Kenya School Libraries Program/Books Build Hope, Jordan Goodchild’s Kilimanjaro Challenge for, Helping Hands Africa,

Selected Recent Press
Rainbow List: 50 of the most influental LGBTIQ+ allied Ausralians, Cosmopolitan, 2017
Kim Leutwyler: Tits Out for the Girls, beautiful.bizarre, 2017
LOTL Powerlist, LOTL Magazine, 2017
Good Stuff Awards Finalist, Frankie Magazine, 2017
'New Feminists' issue of PoetsArtists, 2017
On the Rise Artist, beautiful.bizarre, 2016
1 of 9 finalists for the Spoon x Ello Competition, SPOON Magazine, 2016
Artist Kim Leutwyler reflects on what makes The Greats truly great at the Art Gallery of NSW - Central Sydney 2016
23 LGBT Australians to Watch in 2016, GNN, 2016
Emerging artists rule the roost at The Other Art Fair, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2015
Eyes on the Prize: Introducing Archibald Prize Finalist, Queer Artist Kim Leutwyler, Gay News Network, 2015
Kim Leutwyler on her bold and powerful portraits of women, Mamamia, 2015
On the Couch with Kim Leutwyler, Australian Arts Review, 2015
Audio - Interview with Myf Warhurst, Archibald Prize Featured Artist Q&A, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2015