Christa Kieffer was born in Tubingen, Germany. An intuitive kindergarten teacher recognized Kieffer's potential and provided her with a quiet place to draw and paint. She studied extensively throughout Europe before moving to the United States to attend the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
She works primarily in oil on canvas, often using glazes to create a luminous look and feel to her art, prints and posters. The artist travels to Paris frequently, rising in the early hours of dawn to walk the boulevards and photograph the enchantment of the city.
Kieffer has a fellowship at Art Center of Design and is co-founder of Gallery One in Point Reyes. She currently lives in a small rural community surrounded by Point Reyes National Park in California.