Ken Wenzel was born in Brisbane in 1930. He commenced painting at the age of fourteen, using a limited palette - paints left to him by his mother who had painted as a hobby. At the age of fifteen he won The Sunday Mail's children's art competition as well as a "Highly Commended".
The same year, Ken commenced his first job, painting costume jewellery. This remained his principal source of income for several years. During this period he won first prize in the R.N.A. show for four consecutive years. He was also successful with photographic awards.
Always motivated to improving his artistic skill, he used his spare hours painting to satisfy his ambition to create beauty with his brushes and paints. He is a nature lover with a deep affection for the Australian landscape and coastline, which he captures on canvas in minute detail. His particular ability is to render the interplay of light and shade in his work.
Ken began life as a full-time professional artist in 1974. He is completely self-taught. Since turning professional, he has won many more art prizes and has had numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney and Brisbane.
Ken lives on the crest of the Conondale Range near Maleny, an area that has featured in many of his paintings. Ken has travelled extensively around Australia and feels deeply satisfied when he can transfer the scene he has explored onto canvas.
Apart from his painting, Ken practices Teleradiesthesia, the art of predicting underground water supplies, their quality, rate of flow and direction of flow.
Ken officially retired as a full-time artist at the end of 1993 following a very successful last exhibition at Montville Art Gallery. He continues to paint only as a hobby.