Gretta Sarfaty Marchant has been an artist since 1973. Her nationality is British and Brazilian, born in Greece and brought up in Brazil. She has lived and worked in São Paulo, Paris, Milan, New York, and now based in her Kensington studio, London, as a British citizen. The artist's work has been exhibited in major museums and institutions around the world, including the Pompidou Centre and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris; Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna in Ferrara, Italy; International Cultureel Centrum in Antwerp; the inauguration of the Trump Tower and Foster Goldstrom Gallery, both in New York. The execution and presentation of her work is extremely diverse, spanning from performance art to collage; video and digital art to photography, and to more traditional paintings, drawings, and prints.
The artist's talent is such that, apart from her exciting and sometimes shocking works, she can also produce paintings in a detail master technique. In one of her projects, entitled Self Portrait of Brazil, she interviewed and painted 50 legendary people from Brazil, who have most influenced the local culture in 1970's, including Pelé, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ivo Pitanguy, Oscar Niemeyer, Gilberto Gil and Sônia Braga. During the year 1983 a book covering this exhibition was published in three languages together with the show at the MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo and at the MNBA - National Museum of Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gretta says that this work was her legacy for her country before she mooved to New York.
Gretta's interest in photography brought her to create either explosive images as in the series Transformations and A Woman's Diary, where she superimposes several transparencies together; or layered images as in the series 'Body Works'. The result was related to the international art movement called Body Art, involvement where she was one of the instigators. The motivation for Gretta to use the female body, sometimes her own body, comes from within herself. It is an expression of her inner spirit that creates these works in a very personal way. The spectator feels like a voyeur, as if catching a glimpse of their own reflection in a shop window and suddenly looks at themselves in a different light.
She always believed that new technologies should be used as artistic tools. In 1987 she participated in a collaborative work Symmetrical Reincarnations with the computer graphic's authority in New York, Dr. Timothy Binkley (Dean of the School Of Visual Arts, NY). Her images were combined with Dr. Binkley's Symmetry program computer print-outs (specially created for her).
The artist characteristically took an active role and quickly learnt and explored the different techniques of graphics. She created various unusual images exploring the possibilities that each media had to offer. Gretta also got involved in editing and had her own printing in her studio. She produced several series in different techniques such as llithographs, metal, serigraphs and inkjet prints that were each of limited editions of 15 to 100 copies, all on high quality art paper.
Her most recent show was at Sartorial Contemporary Art, May 2002, London in a major digital photography exhibition entitled - Womanhood and Youth. It, then travelled to New York for exhibition at 473 Broadway Gallery, Soho, March 2003.
The Myth of Womanhood offers a humorous and unusual perspective on essential themes for the 21st century - Gretta's kaleidoscopic style which resembles both intricate tapestry and mosaic designs when viewed from afar, the images look like wallpaper, but when one comes close realises that they are in fact photographs of her everyday life.
Julia Weiner, London 2003 (art critic for the 'Jewish Chronicle')