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 RAYA HERZIG    Biographical  Notes

RAYA HERZIG       was   born in Poland, where she grew up during the war. In the following years she lived in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and from 1951 on again in Switzerland, where she made her home and became a Swiss citizen. In 1952 she gave birth to a daughter.
As a child she had been highly talented in music and art, but instead of an early career it was five years of German concentration camps. They were liberated by British troupes in May 1945.Of the whole family only Raya and her sister Stella had survived, by chance.

         For all the years of recovery her talents lay dormant. Then, in 1969, for the first time since the end of the war, Raya visited Poland. The confrontation with the places of her childhood broke the spell. She began to paint. A wealth of images appeared on her canvasses, some tormented, some unexpectedly light and full of humour. Although not trained in an academy, RAYA HERZIG was soon recognised as a full-blown professional artist. In 1972 and 1973 she got two consecutive scholarships from the City of Basle to develop her talent further and became a member of the Society of Swiss Painters, Sculptors and Architects (GSBMA, now Visarte) in the same year.

Since 1971 RAYA HERZIG has shown her works in over thirty solo exhibitions and joined many group-exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Great Britain and Japan. In 1990 RAYA HERZIG moved to Britain. She was invited to become a member of the Society of Polish Artists in Britain (POSK). She became a British Citizen in 1998.