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Born in Montreal, Canada in 1965, Francesca Gabbiani lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Known for paper works composed of layers of densely hand-cut paper, Gabbiani’s works depict charged moments that evoke altered states of consciousness. Inspired by a variety of sources including Gothic literature, architecture, horror and film noir, the gardens of Babylon, the animal kingdom and psychoactive flora and fauna, Gabbiani’s themes of ambiguity and ornamentation, the ominous and fantastic, result in psychic landscapes rich in allegorical imagery.

In 1969 Gabbiani’s family moved to Switzerland and in 1992 she graduated from Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Geneva. She studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and received an MFA from UCLA in 1997. She has held numerous solo exhibitions at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX; Galleria Monica De Cardenas in Milan, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland; Patrick Painter, Los Angeles, CA; and Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Paradise Row, London; Tucson Museum of Art, AZ; MoMA, NY; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY and Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany. Gabbiani’s work is in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA; Metropolitan and Museum of Modern Art in New York; and in Switzerland is part of the City of Geneva Collection and CentrePasquArt in Biel. She is a recipient of Switzerland’s Placette Award, Providentia Award and Federal Award of Art, and the Uriot Award, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

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FRANCESCA GABBIANI
b. 1965 in Montreal, Canada
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California


EDUCATION
1995-97   Master of Fine Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
1993-94   RAKB, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1988-91   ESAV, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Geneva, Switzerland

SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020   Kaléidoscope: Current Views on the 30 Years of Collection, Kunsthaus Centre d’Art
           Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland            
           
           Francesca Gabbiani, Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland
           
           Baby’s on fire, innen, Zurich, Switzerland
2018   An Uncertain View, with Dimitri Chamblas, Marissa Brown, Manuela Dalle, and 
           Eddie Ruscha, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, CA
           Vague Terrains / Urban Fuckups, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA
           Francesca Gabbiani / Iliodora Margellos, Baert Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012   The Shapes, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
           Lookouts, Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, Italy
2010   Dream Baby Dream, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
           
           The Armory Show, with Lora Reynolds Gallery, New York, NY
2009   The Present, Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles, CA
2008   Once We Were Trees, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
           Be My Mirror, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
           The Flowers of Romance, Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Zuoz, Switzerland
           Livres et Editions d’Artistes, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, France
2007   Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
           Soul Keepers, Patrick Painter, Los Angeles, CA (exhibition catalogue)
2006   Save Me Up, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan
           Wonderland, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
           Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
           Daydream, Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, Italy
2005   Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
           Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           Funny Business, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, France
           Rooms of Joy, CentrePasquArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel Bienne, Switzerland
2004   Francesca Gabbiani, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Art Basel, with Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
           
           The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           DreamSpace, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2001   Francesca Gabbiani, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           Francesca Gabbiani, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
           Hammer Projects: Francesca Gabbiani, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1999   Go to the Rainbow, Gallery I-20, New York, NY
           Fancy, Gallery Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
1998   Memories to Chew, Francesca Gabbiani & Dennis Cooper, MAMCO, Museum of        
           Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland (Placette Award)           
           Vicious, Gallery I-20, New York, NY (exhibition catalogue)
1996   Souvenirs From LA, Gallery Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
1994   Vidéo-clips de The Dogs, Espace Flon, Lausanne, Switzerland


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020   NONE OF THE ABOVE: 2004-2020, organized by John M. Armleder, Kanal
           Centre Pompidou, Brussels, Belgium
         
           Summer Group Exhibition, with Dean Sameshima and Marnie Weber, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA
         
           Drive-By-Art, Los Angeles, CA
2019   LA on Fire, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

           Inaugural Exhibition, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA
 Los Amoureuses, Show Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

           Sète - Los Angeles, Sète, France; Show Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           The Fight: Abstraction vs. Figuration, Kunstgenerator, Geneva, Switzerland
2018   As You Like It, Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles, CA
           How They Ran, Over the Influence, Los Angeles, CA
2017   Concrete Island, Venus Over Manhattan, Los Angeles, CA
2016   GVA ← → JFK, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland
2015   Ten Year Anniversary, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA
           Paperworks, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
           Summer Group Exhibition, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA
           The Afghan Carpet Project, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
           Don’t Shoot the Painter, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano, Italy
2014   My Self is An Other, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA
           Summer Show, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
2013   Seance, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
           
           Kiss Me Deadly, Paradise Row, London, United Kingdom
           Galerie Gmurzynska, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2012   2nd Mardin Biennale, Mardin, Turkey

2011  The Archaic Revival, La Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2009   Houseguest (curator), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
           
           Trouble in Paradise: Examining Discord in Nature & Society, Tucson Museum, AZ 
           Under the Knife, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (exhibition catalogue)
           On Paper, Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Zuoz, Switzerland
2006   Vanitas, Marc de Puechredon, Basel, Switzerland
           
           Off the Shelf: New Forms in Contemporary Artists’ Books, Frances Lehman Loeb 
           Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (exhibition catalogue)
2008   My Generation, Spichernohe, Köln, Germany
           Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, MoMA New York
           Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, The FLAG Art Foundation, NY
2007   Double XX-Rated: Where The Girls Are, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York
           5 rencontres d’artistes, &: Aurelie Geslin Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, France
           Summer Show, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas
           Ten Years, Emily Tsingou Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2006   Works on Paper, Patrick Painter Inc, Santa Monica, CA
           New Trajectories: Relocations: Recent painting, drawing and multi-media work from
           the Ovitz Family Collection
, Los Angeles; Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR
           Off the Shelf: New Forms in Contemporary Artists’ Books, Frances Lehman Loeb Art
           Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
2005   Follow Me: A Fantasy, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2004   Project Ruinart with &:, Paris, France
           Paper, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
           The Dogs (curator), Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           Emily Tsingou Gallery, London, United Kingdom
           Seeing Other People, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Galerie Tache-Levy, Antwerp, Belgium
           Light and Spaced Out, organized by Carlos Cardenas, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France;
           Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain, Brest, France
           Within, Alongside and Between Spaces, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
           Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2002   Painting On The Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
           Play It As It Lays: 17 Artists From Los Angeles, London Institute Gallery, Millbank, London, UK
           Cut; Francesca Gabbiani, Simon Periton, Eva Rothschild, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, CA
2001   New Prints 2001/Summer, International Print Center, NY
           By Hand: Pattern, Precision, & Repetition in Contemporary Drawing, University Art Museum,
           California State University, Long Beach, CA
           
           Record Collection, Forde, Geneva Switzerland
2000   Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
1999   Spellbound, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           
           Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
           Hair styling, Toasting Agency Project, Paris, France
           The Temptations, curated by Dennis Cooper, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998   Dog days are over (Curated by Nicholas Tremblay), Swiss Cultural Center, Paris, France
           Freie Sicht aufs Mittelmeer, (Curated by Bice Curiger), Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
           Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
1997   Malibu Sex Party, Purple Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
           504, Curated by John Armleder, Center for Art, Media & Design, Braunschweig, Germany
1996   Confrontations, Museum of Art, Nyon, Switzerland
           Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland
           Young Art, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (Providentia Award)
           CE Collection, Museum Bonnefeld, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1995   Lost Property, Great Western Studios, London, United Kingdom; W139, Amsterdam,
           The Netherlands; Kunsthalle Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
1993   Peinture, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland


PERFORMANCES
2019    Sète – Los Angeles, with Manuella Dalle, Kim Gordon, and Eddie Ruscha,
            Show Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018    Vague Terrains / Urban Fuckups, with Dimitri Chamblas and Kim Gordon,
            Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA


COLLABORATIONS
1997    Ovaltone, with Gregg Einhorn, Evan Holloway, and Amir Zaki (vinyl record)


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITION CATALOGUES
2019        Babys on fire, innen, Zurich
               
                Sète - Los Angeles, Sète - Los Angeles, Sète

2018        Vague Terrains / Urban Fuckups, innen, Zurich
2015        Don’t Shoot the Painter: Dipinti Dalla UBS Art Collection, Skira

2009        Trouble in Paradise: Examining Discord in Nature and Society, Tucson Museum of Art
                and Historic Block, Tucson
               
                Under the Knife, Armory Center for the Arts Letterpress Studio, Pasadena
2008        Mythym, by Trinie Dalton, Picturebox, Brooklyn
2007        Soul Keepers, Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles (solo exhibition catalogue)
2006        Off the Shelf: New Forms in Contemporary Artists’ Books, Frances Lehman Loeb Art
​                Center, Print Craft, Inc., St. Paul
2005        Rooms of Joy, CentrePasquArt, Biel/Bienne (solo exhibition catalogue)
 White Book,
​                with text by Amy Gerstler, XN éditions, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris
2004        Dogs, edited by Casey McKinney, Los Angeles (curated exhibition catalogue)
2003        Faster, Jim, by Raymond Pettibon, Hamilton Press, Los Angeles
2000        Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro (group exhibition catalogue)
1998        Memories to Chew, Francesca Gabbiani & Dennis Cooper, MAMCO, Museum of Modern
​                and Contemporary Art, M+H, Geneva (two-person exhibition catalogue)
                Vicious, Gallery I-20, New York (solo exhibition catalogue)

​                CH Creatio Helvetica, Benteli, Salenstein
1997        504, Curated by John Armleder, Center for Art, Media & Design, 404, Braunschweig 
           
                Auguste, chien d'aveugle, Foundation Moet et Chandon Suisse pour l’Art, Geneva 
1995        Freistragerinnen und Preistrager des Eidgenossischen Wettbewerbs fur Freie Kunst
​                Laureates et Laureats du Concours Federal Des Beaux-Arts, Print On, Zurich
1993        Peinture, Art & Public, Geneva (exhibition catalogue)


AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
1998   Placette Award, Geneva, Switzerland
1996   Providentia Award, Switzerland
1995   Federal Award of Art, Switzerland
1994   Uriot Award, RAKB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
           
           Federal Award of Art, Switzerland
1993   Federal Award of Art, Switzerland


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland
City of Geneva, Switzerland

Hammer Museum
Hood Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Microsoft Art Collection
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
National Collection, Switzerland
OCE Collection, The Netherlands
UBS Art Collection
Yale University Art Gallery

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