Petra Berntsson was born in Mölnlycke, Sweden in 1971. Influenced and encouraged by artistic grandparents and entrepreneurial parents she has been painting since childhood. After graduating, she moved to Stockholm to study photography. She later returned to Gothenburg to complete a 4-year apprenticeship with her father’s painting and decorating company, where she specialized in restoration painting, decorative paint finishes and wall design. She studied colour psychology and colour design with the Scandinavian Institute of Colour in Stockholm.
Petra moved to Ireland in late 1995 where she started her own business making organic, traditional paint. Over the years she has also been teaching art and interior design, as well as being involved with youth work and environmental issues.
In 2006 she decided to focus solely on her art work and shortly after held her first solo exhibition. Her work has since been commissioned internationally and throughout the country, with private collectors in Ireland, UK, Sweden, Japan and Australia.