Born in 1958 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, worked as a journalist, before she started attending painting classes at the RHoK Academy in Brussels. She loves to work fast paced, hence mostly with acrylics, mixed media and collage/ décollage. Often she scrapes layers off, in order to leave traces of the previous working process visible. Though she is interested in a wide range of classical subjects (landscape, still life and portrait), dreams and visions of the interior world fascinate her most. Identity and disintegration, repetition and variation, perception and deception are topics that appear repeatedly in her work. She also seeks to combine painting with 3 D elements like tape, tissue, waste paper or cardboard in a sensible way.
In 2013 and 2015, she presented a selection of paintings at the Representation of the German speaking East Belgian Community in Brussels. In August 2014, she showed large drawings and arrachages at the International Summer Academy Exhibition in Salzburg. In 2016, Renate Kohl was "student in situ" at RHoK Woluwe, in January 2017 "artist in situ" at the Flemish community centre KONTAKT in Woluwe-Saint Pierre. In May 2017, she took part in a Brussels Circle of Diplomatic Artist (Brucoda) group exhibition in Atelier29, Brussels.