Esther Kempf was born in 1980 in Bafut, Cameroon to Swiss parents. She studied scenography and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, graduating in 2005. In 2006, she did a one-month trip with a friend and two horses through the Bolivian highlands ahead of a three-month artist’s residency in Rosario, Argentina. In 2009, she received a one-year arts grant to the Cité International des Art in Paris. Since 2009, she has been living in Zurich, Switzerland.