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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. 


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



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



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,
           London, England

           Cut; Francesca Gabbiani, Simon Periton, Eva Rothschild, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery,
           Los Angeles

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



2018    Olivar, Amanda Quinn. "Francesca Gabbiani Interview," Curator Magazine Online, April.

            Miranda, Carolina A. "Datebook: Photos of Los Angeles and paper works that record forgotten urban spaces," Los Angeles Times,

            April 12.

            Pagel, David. "When the Landscape Painting Takes Some Imaginative Turns," Los Angeles Times, February 23.

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, M
arch 2015 Issue

2012    Mohseni, Yasmine. “Beyond the White Cube: Francesca Gabbiani on Utopia and Dystopia”,  

            The Huffington Post 4 May.
2010    Brenner, Wayne Alan. “‘Francesca Gabbiani: Dream Baby Dream’ The Artist Crafts Densely Layered Cut-paper Works of

            Inspirational Beauty”, The Austin Chronicle  28 May.

2009    Bollen, Christopher. “Francesca Gabbiani”, Interview Magazine.

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,, 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



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

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