Barbara Böhlke was born in Namibia in the costal town of Swakopmund. She now lives and works in Windhoek. Böhlke received her honors degree, cum laude, in Fine Art in 1988 and has been an active part of the Namibian art community ever since. Böhlke has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. She is well known for her large-scale painterly works. While she is often inspired by the expansive landscapes and skies of Namibia Böhlke says that her works “ mostly reflect a psychological ‘inner’ space, rather than describing a physical space”.