Urs Lüthi was born in 1947 in Kriens, Switzerland. He received his training between 1963 and 1964 at what is now the Zurich University of the Arts. He was part of the tremendously vibrant Swiss art scene fostered by people like gallerist Toni Gerber and curator Jean-Christophe Ammann in the late nineteen-sixties. In the early nineteen-seventies, when cross-dressing was a major theme in contemporary art and pop culture the artist staged various acts of self-dramatisation for the camera. His works from that time display considerable candor and maintain a playful character. In 1970, Urs Lüthi featured in Jean-Christophe Ammann’s legendary exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Luzern. His participation in documenta 6 (1977) led to a solo exhibition at the Museum Folkwang (1978), followed by other solo shows, including at the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001).
His work was included in the exhibition 'Dancing with Myself' (2018) at Punta della Dogana.