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 2015 Archibald Prize, 2016 Bluethumb Art Prize, 2016 John Copes Portrait Prize and the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award. She recently won the Midsumma Visual Arts Guide Cover Competition, and her painting is the hero image for the 2016 LGBTQ Festival in Melbourne, Australia.


School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago‚ IL 2008-2009
Bachelor of Fine Arts‚ Painting and Drawing
*Accepted into the highly competitive advanced painting program
*SAIC Grant and SAIC Support Grant

Arizona State University Tempe‚ AZ
(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


Bluethumb Art Prize, No Vacancy Gallery, 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
Virtual Connections, No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia
Trailblazing Women of Herstory, Neospace, Melbourne, Australia ,
Feature Artist: Meridian (Midsumma Exhibition), fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Australia
Archibald Prize, New England Regional Art Museum, Tweed River Art Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Australia

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia
The Other Art Fair, aMBUSH Project Space, Sydney, Australia
Home Free‚ Gasworks Arts Park‚ Melbourne‚ Australia

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

The Story of the Creative, See|Exhibition Space, New York, NY
Art Takes Paris, Art Galleries Europe: Gallerie 66, Paris, France
Creatives Rising, multiple 30-story projectors throughout the city, New York, NY

100 Curators, 100 Days, Saatchi Gallery Online
Pride Links Us Together, A. Vision Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)

Time/Space, R&D Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, toured museums/galleries, USA


On the Rise Artist in the September issue of beautiful.bizarre, 2016
1 of 9 finalists for the Spoon x Ello Competition, featured in SPOON Magazine, 2016
23 LGBT Australians to Watch in 2016, GNN, 2016
Artist Kim Leutwyler reflects on what makes The Greats truly great at the Art Gallery of NSW - Central Sydney 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
Two Midusmma exhibitions featured in 2014
January LOTL Girl‚ ‘LOTL Magazine’ 2014
Featured artist in 32nd issue of OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts 2014
#1 Weekend Pick for Gallery Show in ‘Bad At Sports’ 2013
Solo show featured in ‘Chicago Examiner’ 2012
Featured in ‘Downtown Phoenix Journal’ article 2011

For a full list of Kim's press see:


Robert Rauschenberg
Jake and Dinos Chapman
Marcus Harvey
Jenny Saville
Kehinde Wiley
Margherita Manzelli
Mark Gleason
Geoff Farnsworth
Ben Quilty
Ai Weiwei

101cm (W) x 101cm (H)
oil on canvas
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
137cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Oil on canvas
25cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil on canvas
100cm (W) x 150cm (H)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
92cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
92cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
38cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Watercolour on paper
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Watercolour on paper
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Watercolour on paper