Born in Deventer, the Netherlands, he immigrated with his family to Canada in 1952. He has exhibited his work throughout Canada, Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan, and China and it is included in public and private collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Klunder is principally known for his abstract paintings which are based on a non-traditional notion of "the self-portrait". They often feature an abundant use of paint, and take years to complete.
Klunder resides in Montreal with his partner Catherine Carmichael and best friend/artist Shane West. His daughter Saskia Carmichael Klunder actress/dancer lives in Montreal, and Elizabeth Carmichael Klunder professional sneak lives in Toronto. Klunder also has a son, Willem Klunder, living in Europe (from a previous marriage).
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