Chrissie Malherbe was born and grew up in the Western Transvaal, South Africa. She matriculated in Ventersdorp with art as one of her main subjects. She studied at the Potchefstroom Teaching College, where art was her main subject. She has held numerous exhibitions in South Africa and her work is well represented in South Africa and overseas and can also be found in KWV collections.
She works mainly in oils and her work is seen as expressionistic, passionate and full of colour. Chrissie lives in the Western Cape as a full-time artist, also giving art classes.