Ruth Rintel was born in Poland during World War II of Jewish origin Initially, she lived in the Otwock ghetto, and then she survived the Holocaust by being placed in a Catholic orphanage at age 3, given a new name, and raised as a devout Christian child. After the war, reunited with her parents, she learned about her Jewish background, and at age 11, Rintel moved with her family to the United States, where she eventually became a citizen.
A graduate of The City College of New York and The Pratt Institute where she received a Masters Degree in Art Therapy, Rintel is a wife and mother of two grown sons. Her paintings, prints, and sculptures have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Also, her work is in several museum and private collections; and throughout her career, she has acquired awards and honors and has been featured in a number of publications.
Rintel says that her art is “generally not only about the Holocaust,” but rather addresses the common denominator of all human feeling and experience: She explains:
The experiences that took place during the Holocaust have shaped my vision of life and therefore my artistic expression of it. These feelings and attitudes about life come through in my work regardless of the subject matter—even when there is no narrative content. The art I create is not exclusively about the Holocaust or any other specific issues of our time because I prefer to focus on the more universal aspects of the human condition.