Growing up in the Austrian pre-alps, Anita Gratzer has been working as a photographer since her childhood.
She began her professional career as a highly decorated photographic artist with a diploma from the University of Art in Linz. During her studies, Anita received her first scholarships from the Austrian Foreign Ministry to travel to Krakow and Paris. This was followed by numerous grants and awards, including the Austrian State Scholarship for Photography. As an artist she has been invited to China, South Korea, Iran, the Baltic States and several times to Italy, Finland, and Switzerland. These residencies, usually lasting several months, have led to exhibitions and participations in biennials in cities like New York, Shanghai, Rome, Tokyo, Leipzig or Daegu. Other than this she exhibits mostly in Japan and, since 2019, owns a studio and residence in Gunma prefecture.