was born in Appenzell,
Switzerland, and began painting at the age of eighteen at the Heatherley
School of Art in London, where years before, Franz Kline had been a student.
He was later her teacher in New York, while she also attended Columbia
University, taking courses in stage design. She then returned to Europe and
was accepted at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris,
where she stayed for the next seven years, studying painting, fresco,
lithography, and stained glass.
Her major works include 34
m2 church windows in “dalles de verre” for St. Paul’s church in
Paris-Nanterre, as well as five large tarpaulins on the façades of several
buildings in Paris, such as on the Corbusier house of the Cité Universitaire
and on the Neue Staatsgalerie (James Stirling) in Stuttgart. One of the
tarpaulins measured 180 m2 and was her largest painting. “So my work is out
on the street,” she says happily.
She was involved in Christo's Paris project, "Wrapped Pont-Neuf", and his
work encouraged her to do monumental art. Interior and exterior frescos on a
factory, a post office, a hospital, a senior home, schools, and on private houses soon followed, as well as
by hand-tufted tapestries on the wall of a bank hall (18m long), an university, a school
canteen, a government office, another school and senior home. Followed by
studies for the Cathedral of Evry built by Mario Botta. Her paintings are works of “gestural expressionism,” that observe the rule
that ― less is more ―. “The less on canvas, the stronger its expression”.
Roswitha works in the
former studio of Man Ray in the heart of Paris Saint Germain des Prés. She exihibits mostly in Paris ans Switzerland, and has been shown in
Washington D.C., Bogota, Stuttgart, Austria etc.
In Paris : Orangerie du
Sénat, Ordre des Architectes, Auditorium Saint Germain, Hôtel de Ville de
Garches, Cluny Palace, Castel etc.
In Switzerland : Musée et
château d’Appenzell, Zurich, Basel, Davos, Lausanne, Genève, St. Gallen,
Chur, Arosa, Klosters. As well as other places. She has had about 60 one woman shows and 25 others in groups. In 1996, she was the first woman
to receive the “Kulturpreis” of the Canton of Appenzell, Switzerland, and
was the “Invitée d’Honneur” in the chapel of the École des Beaux-Arts in
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