Eva Aeppli

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Eva Aeppli
Born (1925-05-02)2 May 1925
Zofingen, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Known for Painting, Sculpture
Notable work in museums:
Movement Avant-garde
Spouse(s) Hans Leu
(m. 1946-1949; divorced)
Jean Tinguely
(m. 1951-1960; divorced)
Samuel Mercer
(m. 1962-2013)
Patron(s) Pontus Hultén

Eva Aeppli (born 2 May 1925) is a Swiss artist.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Zofingen, she spent her childhood in Basel where she attended the School of Decorative Arts. Eva Aeppli’s first child, Felix Leu, was born in 1945. Her granddaughter is the artist Aia Leu.[1] Eva Aeppli's daughter is Miriam Tinguely with Jean Tinguely.[2] She moved to France in 1952 with her second husband Jean Tinguely,[3] there she began her artistic career as a painter. From 1954 to 1960, she shared a studio with Tinguely, a living and working space, at the Impasse Ronsin, opposite Brancusi's who had been there since 1916.[4] Aeppli then became interested in sculpting figurines in textile and in bronze.[5]

In 1975, she discovered astrology thanks to Jacques Berthon and the painter Eric Leraille. Fifteen years later, she decided to combat poverty, oppression and ignorance (i.e., astrology) by creating the Myrrahkir Foundation. Eva Aeppli currently lives in Normandy, France.


  1. ^ Leu, Aia. The Art of the Leu Family, SeedPress, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9551109-2-4. (p. 10).
  2. ^ Eichenberger, Isabelle (February 6, 2012) Miriam Tinguely, artiste qui a su se faire un prénom. SWI SwissInfo.
  3. ^ Ravo, Nick (September 1, 1991) Jean Tinguely, Playful Sculptor of Scrap Contraptions, Dies at 66. The New York Times.
  4. ^ Nicole Schweizer 'An Encounter with Eva Aeppli's Works : An Inscription in (Art)History' vol.7 Jan 2001 n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal pp.53-63
  5. ^ Chauvy, Laurence (January 26, 2006) Eva Aeppli, livres de vie et danse des morts. SWI SwissInfo.

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