Swiss, born in 1949
Born in 1949 in Basel, Switzerland, Miriam Cahn initially studied graphic design before turning her attention to drawing. Whether executed in chalk on gallery walls and in public spaces, or in charcoal on large notebooks placed on the floor, her first drawings from the late 1970s bear witness to a vehement, violent, transgressive expression. The artist even used her own body as a medium in her video performances. Her name became known when she presented her work at Documenta, Kassel in 1982. This event coincided with her interest in oils and colour, which are now her preferred means of expression.