Rodolphe Janssen | Louisa Gagliardi

Louisa Gagliardi

Louisa Gagliardi (b. 1989) 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 reoccurring motif of veils and unveiling. Dancing between dimensionality and translucence, her landscapes and characters bridge the divide between the enigmatic and the banal.

—Franklin Melendez


Born in 1989 in Switzerland

Lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland



Bachelor, Graphic Design, Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL)


Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Erasmus

Solo and two person Exhibitions


Whispers in the Shade, Pilar Corrias, London, UK

Cold Sweat, with Manon Wertenbroek, La Plage, Paris, France

Notes for later, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Walking Errands, with Adam Cruces, The Cabin, Los Angeles, CA USA

La Belle Heure, Tomorrow Gallery, New York, USA


The New Guy, Galerie Ephemere, Hublot, Verbier, Switzerland


Professor Space Phase, White Squat, Zurich, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions


No Fear of Fainting in a Gym, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland


Being There, Louisiana, Humlebæk, Denmark

Werkschau 2017, Museum Haus Kontruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

Cul-de-sac, Athenna Space, Shanghai, China

Sans-Titre 3, Paris, France

Tastes Like Headaches, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia


Painters? Painting?, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hinter jedem Berg steht noch ein Berg, Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

Mostly viewed by cows, Art Safiental, Tenna, Switzerland

La Vitesse des Images, Instituto Svizzero, Roma, Italy

Hypnic Jerk, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA US

Exercices in Style, Suprainfinit, Bucharest, Romania

For Granted, Hole of the Fox, Antwerp, Belgium

Design & Crime, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France

Surreal, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Mirrors, DUVE, Berlin, Germany

Over and Under, monCHERI, Brussels, Belgium


A perfect Lie, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Brussels, BE

Filter Bubble, Luma Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland

Madrugada, Tomorrow Gallery, New York, NY USA

Cookie Gate, Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland

A Form is a Social Gatherer, Plymouth Rock, Zurich, Switzerland


World Music, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, UK

Swiss Design Award, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The Reframing of Loss, Jon Rafman, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY USA


Beauty Shop, Up–State, Zurich, Switzerland

Doom, Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland

Bücher Temporär, Zurich, Switzerland

Awards and honors


Forbes 30 Under 30 List, category: Arts


6 months residency at Fondation Suisse in Paris, Kanton Wallis


Pullman X Wallpaper* Prize, Pullman Hotels


Swiss Design Award


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