Markus Raetz was born in Bern in 1941 and grew up in Büren an der Aare. From 1957 to 1959, he attended the teacher-training college in Hofwil, near Bern, and worked in Peter Travaglini’s workshop during the holidays. After a few years working as a teacher in Brügg, in 1963 he began his career as a freelance artist. In 1969 Raetz moved into a studio in Amsterdam where he lived until 1973. From there he went to Ticino for another three years. In the 1970s he occasionally worked closely with Balthasar Burkhard and moved back to Bern in 1977. He achieved success early on. He took part in the Documenta in Kassel three times (1968, 1972 and 1982) and represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale in 1988. In 1992 he was appointed Chevalier of France’s “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” and in 2006 won the Prix Meret Oppenheim. Raetz died in Bern in 2020.