While living and kitesurfing on Maui, Gretta took up painting and yup, you guessed it — she was awesome at it. Her ocean-inspired and photorealistic art boasts a diverse devotee list and in 2011 Gretta was named one of LA’s leading female street artists by the biggest street art gallery, Lab Art in Los Angeles. In December 2014 she had her first solo show during Miami Art Basel, at Sense Beach House. Gretta’s next stroke of creative brilliance was serving up tasty California meals from her own food truck, Dawn Patrol to early bird beach goers, and a full service, surf-themed healthy food truck, Beach Cruiser, which she was a top contender in Food Network’s 5th season of The Great Food Truck Race. She has since sold the truck and returned to her roots to fine-tune her focus on her art and surfing.
Gretta's street art, paintings and design work can be found across the globe on public display and private galleries. She splits her time between Venice, CA, her hometown of Charleston, SC -- and wherever the next project takes her.
To be a true artist -- one must continually work with new forms and master them. Gretta has done so in every aspect of her life. Her artistic creativity blended with her love of the ocean, have woven together the tapestry of a passionate, full spectrum career.
After graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Environmental Sciences, she took a job doing grassroots organizing and communications for the Coastal Conservation League. She later transitioned from her time off the water to on it--as a professional kitesurfer.
"Today everyone is a multi-hyphenate — designer/stylists, model/actors, gypsetter/musicians — and the ridiculously talented Gretta Kruesi (a record-holding athlete, lifestyle model, street artist and on-air cooking personality) still manages to out-achieve the overachievers." ~AMUSE SOCIETY
Gretta became a poster child for contemporary women’s kitesurfing: a team rider for the only surf specific kiteboard brand, BWS; is the U.S. kiteboarding distance record holder; and was named one of the world’s 10 most influential girl kite boarders by In Motion Kitesurfing magazine in 2012. Her athletic agility, killer bod and bubbly presence has big name brands Lacoste, Teva, Nissan, Coca-Cola and Microsoft lining up to book her for modeling gigs and commercials.