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.
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.