"I am doing things everybody can understand.
It is not complicated work.
I can see that in the reaction of children."
"Raetz was born in Buren, a small town near Bern, Switzerland, in 1941. He grew up there, worked as an assistant to a local artist during school vacations, took teacher training in Bern, and worked as a teacher from the ages of twenty to twenty-two. He has had no formal art training, except “half a year studying etching in Amsterdam.” However, he knew, he says, from the age of ten that he would be an artist. “My father liked to draw. He saw that maybe I would do something he had wanted to do.”