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Marta Riniker-Radich

Born in Bern in 1982, Marta Riniker-Radich spent part of her childhood on an American military base in Panama, where her stepfather was a teacher, before returning to the French-speaking part of Switzerland at the age of twelve.

After graduating from the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva in 2008, she dedicated herself to exploring her favorite medium: drawing. With her unique approach, she quickly made a name for herself on the Swiss art scene. A member of the artist collective managing the Hard Hat exhibition space in Geneva, her work was soon being shown in group exhibitions (Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva, 2009; Aargauer Kunsthaus, 2011) and solo exhibitions (Kunst¬haus Langenthal, 2013; Kunsthaus Glarus, 2014), and she was granted several prestigious artist residencies (Fieldwork Marfa, Texas, 2014; Istituto Svizzero, Rome, 2015-2016).

In 2016, she won Aargau’s Manor Kunstpreis, which gave her the opportunity to present a major solo exhibition at the Aargauer Kunsthaus. There, she unveiled a broad range of creative works that went beyond the boundaries of drawing, juxtaposing video projections, modeled objects and various texts.

That same year she presented her work at the Swiss Institute in New York, in a solo exhibition entitled Every Home a Fortress Every Hearth a Blossom, taking full advantage of her allotted space. She placed a contact film over the gallery windows in order to block out the outside world, and from the ceiling she hung crudely made plastic buckets that filtered water from the Hudson River. This strange world invented by the artist evoked her years in Panama, and more broadly recalled the isolationism of rural, anti-government America with its worship of survivalism.

The fruit of an artistic evolution that rejects all constraints, her work has become increasingly visible, and is today in many collections, both public (Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, Geneva; Swiss Federal Art Collection FAC) and private. Marta Riniker-Radich lives and works in Geneva.