Born in Sion, 1989.
Lives and works in Zurich.
Louisa Gagliardi draws freely from the codes of painting as well as contemporary graphic design and advertising in order to rethink questions of figure and ground, flatness and depth. Created initially as fluid digital images, her works are printed on vinyl and then intervened upon with a gel medium that lends a texture that could be read as ghostly impressions of painterly marks. However, rather than appealing to the hand, this texture only underscores the surface as a complex field of visual play – a theme brought forth in this suite of works through the recurring motif of veils and unveiling. Dancing between dimensionality and translucence, her landscapes and characters bridge the divide between the enigmatic and the banal.*
Recent solo and duo exhibitions include Louisa Gagliardi and Yves Scherer, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York (2022) and Wishful Thinking, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2020). This year Gagliardi has participated in two group shows; Sausage Party, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels and Jean-Maria Appriou, Amy Feldman, Louisa Gagliardi, Kris Lemsalu, Conny Maier, Sofia Mitsola, Tobias Pils, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich.
Louisa Gagliardi obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design from the Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in 2012.
Louisa Gagliardi is represented by Rodolphe Janssen Gallery (Brussels), Eva Presenhuber Gallery (Zurich & New York) and Dawid Radziszewski (Warsaw).
* Courtesy of Franklin Melendez