Born and raised in Germany, she studied art at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. In 1960, Renate immigrated to the United States, and in 1976, Renate relocated together with her husband, who worked in the oil business, to Saudi Arabia for a duration of 15 years. There, she worked as a potter making high fire, hand built, one of a kind vessels and winning first prizes in many art shows. Later in her career she turned her interest exclusively to sculpture, inspired by sculptors such as Brancusi, Archipenko and Laurens.
Her own stylized, sensuous sculpture is a celebration of the female form, expressing individuality and a certain degree of vulnerability. Often she draws her inspiration from mythological, historical or popular cultural sources. Since 1993, Renate and her husband made Santa Fe their permanent home. She has shown her work in various galleries in town, and was selected for a show at the Governor’s Gallery at the Capitol Building in Santa Fe.