Carmen Coduri was born on June 14th 1969.
Her father is Italian from Pordenone and her mother
Swiss and she grew up in Zürich, Switzerland.
Already as a child she began painting and when she
was 8/9 years old she took a course in traditional
Farmer Style painting and she did her first oil
painting when she was 11 years old. At fiftheen she
went to Italy- Torino, for 5 months. Back in
Switzerland, she spent 3 years at a commercial
school in Zürich. With 20 years she did a 5 month
Computergrafikdesigner-Education, but after working
half a year in a big Computer-Company, she left
Switzerland for New York and she stayed there for
about 5 months. She took a language course at
Columbia University but in reality she wanted to be
an actress… She made some pictures, went to
Model-Agencies etc., made setcards… and sent them
all over to New York. But she came back
disillusioned, because its very difficult to become
an actress or model that way.
she decided in Switzerland to be an artist- and she
began to paint and paint again. She had her first
Atelier in a big Garage and she also made plaster
Sculptures. And took a course at an Art-School in
Act-Painting. With 24 years she rented a big Galerie
in Zürich and had her first Exhibition. But she was
disappointed again, because she was a big dreamer.
But afterwards she could work too sometimes with two
famous Sculptors in Zürich and learned so to make
Sculptures from stone…
In 1992 she had a horrible accident! Her Boyfriend
stabbed her 11 times! Once in the heart, but she
1994, when she was 25 years she came for the first
time in a Psychiatric Hospital, where they gave
her with violence
Medications etc., she fled after two weeks, because
it was so horrible. They told her, she was:
Manic-Depressive! Between 1994 and 2004 she was in
Hospital more than 9 times again, many times with
Police-Violence, even once in 1998 in Paris-F- and
in 2002 in Athen-Greece.- But even there, she
painted… and before that she had some more
Exhibitions, like in Kulturmobil or Gallery Manesse
and in 1999 at the Psychiatric University Hospital
Burghölzli or in 2003 in an office, where she still
works 50 %.
1997 she almost died during a 2-Week-Sculpturist
Course in a little town in Ticino, the Italian part
of Switzer-land, because of a burst appendix. She
was lucky again.She had an operation in Locarno at
the last minute.
has to take strong Medication, but she keeps on
painting and making Sculptures…. and trying her
best, to get better and come out of her sickness...
Maybe somebody will help her make and sell her
Sculptures in real Bronze…? ….. Will a dream come
true or will it not…?!