Lou Klepac was born in Croatia in 1936. He went to school in Venice and Trieste before emigrating to Australia in 1950. He was educated at Perth Modern School and the University of Western Australia. He was Curator of Paintings at the Art Gallery of Western Australia 1964-66; at the Art Gallery of South Australia 1966-70. After a period in London he returned to Australia to become Senior Curator and Deputy Director at the Art Gallery of Western Australia 1974-80. He has organised many exhibitions including Sickert Paintings 1968; Contemporary Drawing (International) 1977; Contemporary Australian Drawing 1978; Giorgio Morandi Etchings 1978; The Drawings of Walter Richard Sickert 1979; Russell Drysdale Drawings 1980; Russell Drysdale Paintings 1983; Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley: The Road to Berry, 1993; Giorgio Morandi Paintings and Etchings 1997; La Serenissima, the fascination of Venice, 2003; James Gleeson retrospective 2004; and Donald Friend, A Charmed Life 2006. He is the author of several books including William Scott Drawings (1974); James Gleeson: Landscape out of Nature (1987); Nora Heysen (1989); Australian Painters of the Twentieth Century (2000); The Genius of Donald Friend: Drawings from the Diaries (2000), William Robinson (2001); John Coburn (2003); James Gleeson: Beyond the screen of sight (2004); and Horace Trenerry (2009).