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1947 born in Kriens, grew up in Luzern, lives in Zürich.

Studied Medicine and Molecular Biology at the University Zürich.
Self-taught sculpture in Zurich and Querceta/Carrara, Italy.
1980-2013 Lecturer at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste.



1977, 1978

1975, 1979, 1980
Scholarship from canton of Zurich

1977, 1978, 1980
Scholarship from city of Zurich

1975, 1977, 1982
Scholarship of Steo Foundation

Swiss Work Grant


Grüniger belongs to the circle of artists who investigate the principles of order, which does not address the everyday, but meaning that which we describe as “universal”. The concept is to recognize that it comes to grasp the mathematical, physical or biological processes underlying regularities and, on the artistic realization, not least also expressed about the hidden secrets, or something factual to experience backgrounds of our world structure.

Interested in the economy of means, material authenticity, and appreciation of the subject by the viewer are the themes which engage him. In addition, a high degree of intuition, drawn from the rich experience in investigating topics with spatial dimension and materiality. It is probably this combination of logic and intuition, which enables Grüniger to develop his own unique style.

Elisabeth Grossmann