Renate Meyer was born into a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany on 5 March 1930 and following the rise of Nazism came to Britain with her family in 1933, gaining British citizenship in 1938. She went on to study art at the Regent Street Polytechnic where she met her future husband, the illustrator Charles Keeping, whom she married in 1952. She visited Israel in 1949 and continued her studies at the Bezalel School (now Bezalel Academy of Art and Design). She experimented with a wide range of media: paints, text, thread, papier-mache and textiles, as well as writing children's books, including a series for the Bodley Head, and teaching. Her work was included in joint exhibitions at Ben Uri Gallery in 1951 and 1952 and featured alongside her male counterparts Alfred Harris and Laurence Marcuson in an exhibition entitled Three Young Painters in 1955; a solo exhibition of her paintings was hosted in 1975. From 1960 onwards, she and Charles lived in Shortlands, south-east London, where, after his death in 1988, she established the Keeping Gallery in his memory exhibiting work by them both. She was a member of the 62 Group of textile artists and many of her embroideries which included images derived from packaging, narrated episodes in their family life. Renate Meyer-Keeping died in Shortlands, Kent, England on 24 March 2014.