Peter Kinley was born in Vienna, Austria and at the age of 12 relocated to England as a refugee in 1938 following the introduction of race laws in his native country. Kinley settled in Lancashire with his foster family, before enlisting in the British Army in 1944 at the age of 17. After serving in Germany during the Second World War, Kinley went on to study at the Dusseldorf Academy from 1948 to 1949. He later returned to England, where he enrolled at the St Martin’s School of Art in London where he graduated in 1953. His artistic skill was such that in 1951 and 1953 Kinley was represented in the Six Young Contemporaries exhibitions at Gimpel Fils, London and later enjoyed a solo exhibition at the gallery in 1954. Alongside his growing professional reputation, Kinley served for many years as an artistic educator at his alma mater St Martin’s School of Art. Kinley continued to exhibit both nationally and internationally, with a significant solo exhibition held at the Paul Rosenberg & Co gallery in New York in 1961. His work is represented in many eminent collections, including that of the Tate Gallery.