Swiss-born, Los Angeles-based artist Francesca Gabbiani’s vibrant gouache on paper and cut-paper collages are often filled with animals, insects, flowers, birds, and figurines. A prominent figure in the contemporary art world, she has been featured in Interview and frieze magazines as well as at leading institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland.
Gabbiani’s complex, densely layered works create impact through vivid colors, intricate strokes, and focus on vacancy. Her collages often build from an open central space, which is both captivating and reflective. The viewer is confronted with the possibility of entering the void, filling it with personal reflections and narratives.
Francesca Gabbiani studied at the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Geneva, Switzerland) and received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has shown nationally and internationally at Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), Patrick Painter Gallery (Los Angeles), Sara Meltzer Gallery (New York), Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin), Monica de Cardenas (Switzerland), FLAG Art Foundation (New York), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Her artworks are part of the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), and Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles).