Eliska Bartek was born in 1950 in Novy Jicin, Czech Republic. In the year 1965 she moved to Prague. In 1972, she fled to Germany and three years later she moved to Switzerland. From 1979 to 1983 she attended the School for Applied Arts in Zurich under the guidance of Frantischek Mitacek.
Since 1997 she lives and works in Berlin and in Ticino.