Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 – June 5, 1998) was a Swiss artist renowned for his unconventional and innovative approach to art. He gained recognition for his diverse body of work, which included artist's books, editioned prints, sculpture, and creations from found materials, including rotting food stuffs. He was also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rot.
Born in Hannover, he spent his early years in Germany and Switzerland, developing an interest in art and poetry while living with a family of artists in Zürich during World War II. Roth's artistic journey was marked by collaborations and experimentation. He co-founded the magazine "Spirale" and associated with the Fluxus movement, all the while maintaining his distinct artistic identity. Notably, his artist's books challenged traditional formats, allowing readers to interact with and rearrange pages. His work often involved incorporating found materials like newspapers and magazines.
Throughout his career, Roth pushed artistic boundaries by creating biodegradable artworks that evolved over time due to natural decay. His pieces, like "Insel," combined foodstuffs with various materials, showcasing his unique perspective on transformation and impermanence. As his reputation grew, he garnered attention for exhibitions and retrospectives. Roth's legacy endures as a pioneer of unconventional materials and processes, inspiring subsequent generations of artists to explore new realms of creativity while challenging traditional artistic norms. He passed away in 1998, leaving a profound impact on the contemporary art world.