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Kulvinder Kaur Dhew was born in England. Following the completion of her BA (BFA) with Honours at Bath Spa University, Kulvinder founded and directed an art gallery and studio space in Bath.  In 1992, after gaining her Masters degree in Painting from The Royal College of Art in London, Kulvinder received the prestigious Delfina Fellowship.

In 1994, Kulvinder became Head of Painting at The
School of Art in Dunedin, New Zealand, and subsequently taught for two years at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, where she developed her interests in, wilderness, forest fires, and climate change.
 
During the two-years Delfina residency, her large scale paintings were collected by MTV Europe, Kazuo Ishiguru, The UK Department of Education and Science, and others.
 
Since moving to the United States in 2000, Kulvinder has worked as an educator, professional curator of contemporary art, and studio artist. In her studio practice, she continues to explore environmental and cultural themes.