b. 1965 in Montreal, Canada
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
1997 MFA, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
1994 Rijkskademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1991 Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts, Geneva, Switzerland
SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2018 Vague Terrains/Urban Fuckups, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA (fourthcoming)
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
2009 The Present, Patrick Painter, Los Angeles
Houseguest: Francesca Gabbiani, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Once We Were Trees, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland
Christophe Daviet-Thery, Livres et Editions d’Artistes, Paris, France
2007 Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Soul Keepers, Patrick Painter, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Save Me Up, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan
Wonderland, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy
2005 Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, France
CentrePasquArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’art Biel Bienne, Switzerland
2004 Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2003 The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
DreamSpace, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2001 Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Hammer Projects: Francesca Gabbiani, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2000 Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 go to the rainbow, Gallery I-20, New York, NY
fancy, Gallery Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
1998 Memories to chew, MAMCO, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva,
Switzerland (Placette Award)
Gallery I-20, New York, NY
1996 Gallery Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 The Fight: Abstraction vs Figuration, Kunstgenerator, Geneva, Switzerland
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, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Don’t Shoot the Painter, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano, Italy
2014 My Self is An Other, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles
Summer Show, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas
2013 Kiss Me Deadly, Paradise Row, London
Galerie Gmurzynska, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2012 Mardin Biennale, Turkey
2009 Trouble in Paradise: Examining Discord in Nature and Society, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona
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, New York
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
2006 Works on Paper, Patrick Painter Inc, Santa Monica, California
New Trajectories: Relocations: Recent painting, drawing and multi-media work
from the Ovitz Family Collection, Los Angeles; Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
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, California
2004 Project Ruinart with &:, Paris, France
Paper, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, California
The Dogs (curator), Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Emily Tsingou Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Seeing Other People, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
2003 Galerie Tache-Levy, Antwerp, Belgium
Light and Spaced Out, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France, traveled to Fonds
Regional dArt Contemporain, Brest, France
Within, Alongside and Between Spaces, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
2002 Painting On The Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Play It As It Lays: 17 Artists From Los Angeles, The London Institute Gallery, Millbank,
Cut; Francesca Gabbiani, Simon Periton, Eva Rothschild, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery,
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 (August 28 - October 14)
2000 Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Spellbound, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 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; Shirn
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, England; W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
Kunsthalle Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
2015 Slenske, Michael. "Paper Takes Center Stage at Los Angeles's Craft and Folk Art Museum," Architectural Digest, September 23. Ghorashi, Hannah. "Gavlak Gallery Adds Four New Artists to It's LA Roster," ArtNews, July 29.
Blasberg, Derek. "See How Actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Outfitted Their New York City Home,"
Architectural Digest, March 2015 Issue
2008 Egan, Maura. “Whirls of Interiors,” The New York Times Magazine, Spring.
Torzini, Gaia. “Mostre/Alla Sara Meltzer Gallery “Be My Mirror di Francesca Gabbiani. Specchi
delle nostre brame.” America Oggi , November 25.
2006 DiPietro, Monty. “Collages Catch a Fire, New art scene,” The Japan Times, March 9.
Shirazi, Reza. “Francesca Gabbiani: Wonderland,” Voices of Art Magazine, vol 14.1.
“Scare me up,” Window of Arts, April.
“Francesca Gabbiani, Scare me up,” Studio Voice, April.
2005 LeBlanc, Sydney. “Slicing wood and steel for a collage artist’s studio,” New York Times, Dec. 29.
“Francesca Gabbiani,” FRAME Art Magazine, September/October
2004 Goddard, Donald. Review: Francesca Gabbiani, New York Art World, June.
Where to buy, Francesca Gabbiani, The Week, April 16.
2003 Bonnet, Frederic. Made in L.A., Vogue, Paris, France, June, p 214
Within, Alongside and Between Spaces, Doris Berger, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
2002 Gingeras, Alison. Painting on the Move, Artforum, New York, November, p 181
Cooper, Bernard. Speak, Memory, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles, November, pp 138 -141
Smith, Roberta. Europe Shows the Staying Power of Paint, The New York Times, July 21.
Sorkin, Jenni. Francesca Gabbiani, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, Frieze, London, Issue
65, March, pp 92-93
Young, Paul. Collage Chemist, Angeleno, Los Angeles, No 16, January/February, pp 146-147
Wood, Eve. Beautiful Dislocation, artnet.com, New York, January 9.
Myers, Holly. Francesca Gabbiani at UCLA Hammer Museum, LA Weekly, Los Angeles, March 23- 29.
2001 Bovier, Lionel. (ed.), Across: Swiss Art 1975-2000, Geneva, Skira, pp 84-85
Annaccone, Carmine. Francesca Gabbiani: Bugdom, Artext, Los Angeles, No 74, August-
October, pp 46-47
Ise, Claudine. Francesca Gabbiani (exhibition catalogue), Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer
Cheng, Scarlet. Look Ma, No Computers, Los Angeles Times - Calendar Sunday, Los Angeles,
August 26, p 52
2000 Fratto OBrien, Draza. Francesca Gabbiani at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Artweek, Los
Dunlop, Jennifer. Francesca Gabbiani at Karyn Lovegrove, Art Issues, Los Angeles, November/
December, p 46
Pagel, David. Review, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, June 16.
Hainley, Bruce. Spellbound: Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Artforum, New York, January, pp 119- 120
Hair Styling: The Cut of the Month: Francesca Gabbiani, When Farrahs Hair was Everywhere,
Search for Art, Bologna, Italy, No 3, January.
1998 Hainley, Bruce. Francesca Gabbiani: I-20, Artforum, New York, Vol 37, No 2, October, p 126
Nicol, Michelle. feature on a few artists from Freie Sicht aus Mittelmeer, Bolero Magazine,
Zurich, June, pp 58-69
Francesca Gabbiani: I-20, Contemporary Report, June.
Curiger, Bice and Hans Ulrich Obrist. An interview about Swiss Art and Freie Sicht aufs Mittelmer,
Artforum, New York,
Hainley, Bruce. Malibu Sex Party, Purple, Artforum, New York, Vol 36, No 6, February, p 98
Curiger, Bice. Freie Sicht aufs Mittelmeer, Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich, pp 162-163, 294
Dennis Cooper & Francesca Gabbiani, Memories to chew (exhibition catalogue), Geneva,
MAM CO, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Cooper, Dennis. Vicious (exhibition catalogue), New York, USA, I-20 Gallery.
Cooper, Dennis. Too Cool for School, Spin Magazine, New York, July, pp 86-94
1997 Auguste, chien daveugle (exhibition catalogue), Geneva, Foundation Moet et Chandon
Suisse pour lArt, pp 68-71
Young, Paul. An A for Art, Buzz Magazine, Los Angeles, June/July, p 34
Uwe Schwarzer & John Armleder (eds.), 504 (exhibition catalogue), Braunschweig, Germany,
Center for Art, Media and Design.
1996 Cooper, Dennis. The Best of 96, Artforum, New York, November, p 13
Louis Lucker and Rutger Pontzen, OCE Collection (exhibition catalogue), Maastricht, The
Nether lands, Museum Bonnefeld, p 82
1995 Glove and The Dogs, Zapp Magazine, Amsterdam No 4, Time: 2 minutes
Federal Award, Switzerland (exhibition catalogue), Glarus, Switzerland, Kunsthalle Glarus.
1994 Federal Award, Switzerland (exhibition catalogue), Neuchatel, Switzerland, Musee des Beaux-
Arts De Neuchatel.
1993 Federal Award, Switzerland (exhibition catalogue), Bienne, Switzerland, Centre PasquArt.
John Armleder, Christian Bernard & Olivier Mossett, Peinture (exhibition catalogue), Geneva,
Art & Public, pp 18-19
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
CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland
City of Geneva, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Microsoft Art Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
National Collection, Switzerland
OCE Collection, The Netherlands
The UCLA Hammer Museum
Yale University Art Gallery