Pipilotti Rist was born in Grabs in the Rhine Valley, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in Zurich.
She studied graphic design, illustration, and photography at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, as well as audiovisual communications and video at the Basel School of Design.
She is a pioneering figure in video art who has achieved international fame with her sensual and audacious video installations that tackle conventions and taboos in an entertaining, ironic and self – confident way. Her works are full of light and colour, and the viewer’s own movements play a central role in this installation.
Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented internationally at venues including Kunsthaus Zürich (2016); Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2015); Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2013); Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2012); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2011); the Hayward Gallery, London (2011); the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2011); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2009); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007); and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2006); among many others.
Rist was awarded the Harper’s Bazaar Art China Prize (2013), the Zurich Festival Prize (2013), and the Joan Miró Prize (2009).