Artist Feature: Kristie Bretzke

Posted on May 7th, 2018

Artwork by Kristie Bretzke

Kristie Bretzke is a realist oil painter and bronze sculptor. She loves both abstract and realist paintings but identifies most with figurative realist paintings. Kristie pursues a variety of meaningful themes in her art. “My work is very personal and based on emotion. I have pursued a variety of themes, including the environment, homelessness, and psychological portraits,” she says.

Coal Room, Kristie’s most recent solo exhibition at Traffic Zone Gallery in Minneapolis (January 8 – February 16, 2018) highlights her extraordinary, emotive work. “It was the light found in the humble basement coal room at an artist retreat on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland that inspired Coal Room. The quietly introspective series of figurative portraits demonstrates Bretzke’s expertise in using light in her pensive works to evoke emotion and mood,” says Camille LeFevre of City Pages.

Kristie’s artwork is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis. Her awards and professional achievements include 2016 first place in Best Building category, Plein Air Magazine; 2012 artist residency, CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France; 2012 artist residency, Palazzo Rinaldi, Noepoli Potenza, Italy; 2010 artist residency, Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg, Austria; 2005 first place award, Society of Minnesota Sculptors, Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN; 2005 Award of Excellence, Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN and many others.

Kristie has been contributing to Art 4 Shelter since the event began in 2011. Her dedication to the event is rooted in her belief in the organization and its mission. “Simpson Housing is a well-respected organization that has a huge impact on the lives of many homeless individuals and families,” she says.

Kristie also serves on the Art 4 Shelter committee. She began supporting the event in this capacity because of her friendships with Megan and Karen Rye, community members who founded Art 4 Shelter and have facilitated its success over the years.

Kristie is from Nisswa, MN. She currently lives in Minneapolis. Kristie Bretzke’s artwork may be viewed on her website: