Ingrid Gerda Winterbach was born in Johannesburg in 1948. In 1969 she completed a BA Degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, and in 1970 she completed an Honours Degree in Afrikaans and Dutch at the same university. She completed her Masters’ Degree in Afrikaans and Dutch in 1974 at the University of Stellenbosch under the supervision of D.J. Opperman. In the years following her studies, she was a teacher, a journalist at Die Burger, and for thirteen years a lecturer in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Stellenbosch. After that, Winterbach was also a lecturer in Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of Natal. She has been writing and painting full time since 2002. She lives in Stellenbosch with her husband, the painter Andries Gouws.