Marcus Egli considered himself as much a metalworker as he did an artist. He was born in Zurich in 1957 to a family of craftsmen and he studied precision engineering. He spent part of his youth drifting happily and was offered a bursary at Art College to study arts. Before taking up his place at college, he travelled to America, and on his return to Switzerland, he decided to set up his studio. Marcus and his wife Rita bought an aluminum forge and workshop, where Egli began producing his art work since around 1985. Egli lived and worked in a mountain village outside of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He died there in 2016.