Monica Forrer

Monica Forrer

Epalinges Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

About Monica Forrer

Swiss painter living and working in Lausanne (Lake Geneva)


Born among the bunch of children of Swiss parents. Childhood in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 10, move to Switzerland.

Since the early teens, creation and several exhibitions of jewelery, "sculptures to wear".

Evolution towards work with inks, later oil and acrylic. Since age 15, privileged contact and teaching with the artist-painter Raymond Perrenoud.

Qualified MD (Universities of Lausanne and Zürich), specialization in medical genetics. Work in hospital clinics (Bern and Geneva Universities) in the field of genetic diseases, often severe, often inherited pathologies, with very limited therapeutic possibilities at the present time despite human genome sequencing and considerable progress in molecular biology. A field where human values and ethical dilemmas are a daily topic, the "technically possible" often questionning both, making choices is a daily challenge for all involved.

For many years, art was for few, almost stolen moments, a peaceful and beneficial, sometimes intense constant , sometimes a kind of internal emergency, a river dreaming of its sea. Then a time of physical illness, providing even more love for life and also its share of mystery.

Confronted with the impossibility to continue in such an intense job, the obvious stands out, concentrate on the other passion. Almost immediately, drawing, acrylic and oil on canvas, the fascination for pigments take over again. Another world, but one where what one has become vibrates, underlies, sharpens awareness, a sounding board where echo the world, impressions, questions, concepts, and also emotions, dreams, revolt, colors and shapes ... an internal world that wants to be born and blossom.

The river has found its sea. Be it medicine or art, the priority is always the same, feel alive and celebrate life, interact, love, look out for a better world ... and if not finding perfect wisdom, to come in time to perceive and surrender to the great mystery!

Studio and home in Lausanne. Switzerland.


2018 April-July. 32 paintings at Home Clos-Brochet, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
2017 October-November. Midnightsun Gallery, Morges, Switzerland.
2014 January-July. Solo at Hotel Port d'Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland
2013 October-2014 March. Solo at Hotel Dikker&Thijs. Prinsengracht 444. Amsterdam ( art gallery)
2013 October 4-13. Solo at Arpsgallery, Arubastraat 1, Amsterdam, NL
2010 Solo exhibition Galerie Nelly L'Eplattenier, Lausanne
2010 Solo exhibition Galerie Grange de Jouxtens, Lausanne
(Medical doctor specialized in Genetics in University hospitals Bern and Geneva)
1991 Solo exhibition, Galerie Florimont, Lausanne
1990 Solo exhibition, Galerie de la Cathédrale, Fribourg. Switzerland.
1989 Solo exhibition, Galerie de l'Orangerie, Neuchâtel. Switzerland.
1989 Galerie Florimont, Lausanne. Switzerland.
1988 Kornhaus, Bern. Switzerland.