|(Born)||1989 in Valais, Switzerland|
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 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
Louisa Gagliardi had solo exhibitions at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland; Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw, Poland; rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium; and Antenna Space, Shanghai, China, among others. She participated in group shows at Museo Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona, Switzerland; Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland; McNamara Art Projects, Hong Kong; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland; Centre d’art de Neuchâtel CAN, Neuchâtel, Switzerland; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales, UK; Openforum, Berlin, Germany; Plymouth Rock, Zurich, Switzerland; the Louisiana, Humlebæk, Denmark; Pilar Corrias, London, UK; The Cabin, Los Angeles, CA USA; Tomorrow Gallery, New York, NY USA; Instituto Svizzero, Rome, Italy; and König Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
She was shortlisted for the Swiss Art Awards in 2018 and 2021, and presented a monumental project for Unlimited at Art Basel in 2022. Her work is part of the collections of X Museum, Beijing, China and Frac Normandie, France.