Deborah Klein grew up in St. Kilda in Victoria. She lived and worked in London during much of the 1970s.
Since 1987 she has held regular solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous curated exhibitions in Australia and overseas.
In 1993 Deborah was awarded an Australia Council Studio Residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. Other residencies include: Artist in Residence, National Gallery of Victoria (1996), Printmaker in Residence, RMIT TAFE, Melbourne (2007) and Artist in Residence, The Art Vault, Mildura, Vic. (2009, 2011).
She was the recipient of a Monash Graduate Scholarship in 1995. Other awards include: MLC Acquisitive Art Award (1992, 2005); Australian Printmedia Award, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur (1996, 1997); Acquisitive Award, The Jacaranda Drawing Prize (1996, 1998); Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize (1997); The Grand Prize, Silk Cut Award for Linocut Printmaking (1997); Rena Ellen Jones Memorial Print Award (1997, 1998, 1999); Acquisitive Award, Fleming Muntz Albury Art Prize (2002); and Small Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne (2007). The Survey Exhibition Deborah Klein – Out of the Past 1995-2007 was the recipient of a Gordon Darling Foundation Grant. It was launched at Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum and toured to the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Warrnambool Art Gallery and Deakin University Art Gallery.
In 1996 she was commissioned to illustrate the children’s picture book The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King by Nadia Wheatley (published by Scholastic Australia, 1997). She has since written a book of her own, There was once…The collected fairy tales (published by Moth Woman Press, Melbourne, 2009).
Other activities include teaching at RMIT University in the Printmaking Department (2003-2007) and the Drawing Department (2004-2008).
Her work is held in numerous state, regional and university collections.
Deborah currently divides her time between Melbourne and Ballarat.