Born in Brisbane, Australia, Rachael Kantaris spent much of her childhood in Cornwall. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and Brighton University, and after completing her B.A.hons in Fine Art and Contemporary Dance, and M.A. in Printmaking, she travelled widely, working as artist in residence in studios in Berlin and Mel-bourne. She was invited by The British Council to exhibit and co-curate a major show of British Contemporary Printmaking in Manila, and taught a series of workshops at The University of the Philippines.
She helped to set up the open access Porthmeor Print Workshop in St. Ives and still runs the studio today, creating her work both there and in her net loft painting studio nearby.