Antje Kratz was born without arms as a thalidomide baby. It was for this reason that she attended a school for disabled children, where she completed her education with the secondary school certificates. Her interest in painting developed during childhood. This enabled her to turn her hobby into her profession at an early age. Antje Kratz worked as a trainee in the backstage painting studio of the Municipal Theatres in Frankfurt am Main from 1978 to 1981. She received a very broadly based training as a painter from the artist Hermann Haindl. In addition to this she also attended and completed master classes with Haindl at his studio in Hofheim am Taunus. She was granted scholarship holder status by the Association in 1981. Seven years later, in 1988, she became a full VDMFK member. Antje Kratz lives today in Frankfurt am Main. She has frequently presented her work to a broad public by organising her own exhibitions or participating in joint exhibitions in and around this German metropolis.
Antje Kratz paints with her right foot. Her preferred subjects are still life and Italian landscapes. Her painting is characterised by an assured, richly nuanced and self-assured expression.