Thea Burger was born in 1965 and lived on her family's farm in KwaZulu natal for most of her childhood. Here in the farm kitchen, with its Esso coal stove and a table in front of a window with a scene of the valley, was where she spent many hours nurturing her drawing talent.
She moved to Pretoria after graduating from Vryheid High School. Where she studied Fine Arts and Interior Decorating and received a national diploma in House economics.
She lives with her husband Desmond and her two children, Joané and Divan, and spends her time painting in her study.