Born in Portugal and raised in France, M.C.Ritz came to the United States in 1975. She earned a BA in literature and art history, and an MA in art history and museum studies. She studied painting with Albert Alcalay and sculpture with Joyce McDaniel. Her work incorporates steel, bronze, stone, glass, as well as organic materials. The combination of such disparate elements brings into tension a constructivist industrial reality and the fragile but resilient state of nature, a state of equilibrium of which we are an integral part.M.C. Ritz lives and teaches in Cambridge.