Marjetica Potrc was born in 1953 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1977 she graduated in architecture and in 1986 in sculpture from the University of Ljubljana. In 1990 she emigrated to the USA and began to realize art projects in public spaces.
Her works have been shown internationally in numerous major exhibitions, including four times at the Biennale di Venezia, Italy (1993, 2003, 2009, 2021) and the Biennale of São Paulo, Brazil (1996, 2006), the Yinchuan Biennale, MOCA, Yinchuan, China (2018) and the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2022). Her major exhibitions include the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2001); De Appel Foundation for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (2004); Galerie Portikus, Frankfurt (2006); The Curve at the Barbican Art Galleries, London (2007); the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin (2013, 2018); Kunsthalle Trondheim (2017); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2019); Künstlerhaus Wien (2020); DMZ Art & Peace Platform, UniMARU, DMZ, South Korea (2021); in 2001, the Guggenheim Museum in New York dedicated a solo exhibition to her.
In 1993 and 2020, Potrč taught design at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana. As a visiting professor, she taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in 2005 and at the Faculty of Arts and Design in Venice, Italy (IUAV) in 2008 and 2010. From 2011 to 2018, she was a professor of social practice at the Hochschule für bildende Künste/HFBK in Hamburg, Germany, where she taught Design for the Living World (participatory practices).
The artist has received numerous awards, fellowships, and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship (1993, 1999), the Hugo Boss Prize (2000), a Caracas Case Project Fellowship from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Germany, and the Caracas Urban Think Tank, Venezuela (2002), the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics Fellowship at the New School in New York (2007), the Curry Stone Design Prize (2008), and a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2018). Since 2018 Marjetica Potrč lives and works in Ljubljana again.