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Born in Rerick, Germany in 1938. First solo exhibition in London, England in 1959, New Vision Gallery. Collected world-wide, her exhibition list includes: Gallery 44, Kaarst, Germany; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Monte Carlo Biennale, Monte Carlo; Gallery 1900-2000, Paris, France; Miami Art Fair, Miami, Florida and the Nelson Center for the Arts, Tempe, Arizona. Rotraut moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona in 1982.

"This is a story we humans have not really quite understood yet," Rotraut explains. "Sometimes we are far from it ... I mean this directing things where you want them to go. Through this experience of timelessness you receive the emotions and energies that Yves Klein described as ‘matiere premiere’. You enter into this ‘matiere premiere', and it gives you back the essence of matter, and it also speaks through you and into you, simply out of the need to express it, or, in my own case, to bring it out in the form of wood sculptures... The sculpture is made of wood, and at first it looks completely inert, but the moment comes when the figure emerges, a moment whose particular energy configuration is contained in timelessness... This emergence always remains, like a diagram, it is iust there, in the line, as if a ghost, a phantom were present and tangible..."

Untitled, 1997
acrylic on canvas, 66" x 80"
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