Eliana Marinari is a visual artist living and working in Geneva, Switzerland.

Her work explores the ephemeral quality of images and the temporary nature of our experiences, as a transition between changing states. Her hazy mixed media paintings on the verge of abstraction are in fact the result of image saturation; a blurry impression of the thousands of images we are exposed to everyday that create our identity, our memory.

Eliana ‘s approach in developing her work is influenced by her scientific training, following a protocol that involves the combination of diverse 2D media. She systematically collects images from advertisement, her own photos and magazines into an organized colors atlas. She then builds a collage as source of her work.

Eliana combines traditional painting techniques using oil and acrylics, with digitally manipulated images, that found the underpainting of her work. The progressive addition of glazing layers of oil, acrylic and spray paint create blurring, texture, color and luminescence in her work and blend with the ink in a unique composition.

“In all image based media there is another level of abstraction: we are not seeing a reflection of our world, but a totally fictive, removed world of images. Thus…is like the mirror. But it differs from the primordial mirror in one essential point: although, as in the later, everything may come to be projected, there is one thing, and one thing only that is never reflected in it: the spectator’s own body.”[ “A SEMIOTIC ANALYSIS OF HIGH FASHION ADVERTISING” by Alan Rhodes and Rodrigo Zuloago]


Eliana began her training in Florence as a scientist and she continued her studies in London where she obtained a PhD at University College London studying patterns, forms and shaping of the body. Eliana applied this concept by working on videos, recording fluorescent cells and following their shape changes to represent the complex forces shaping form and growth.

In 2013, she moved to Switzerland where she developed her interpretation of realism in figurative painting and where she explored different compositions of patterns, volumes and colours. Her experimental work is the result of this research and combines new digital technologies with the more traditional oil painting. In 2015, she received the prestigious Swiss National Fund Award for the development of an interdisciplinary project. She set up her studio at Foound, and decided to create a community of artists with the aim of supporting and promoting female artists from French-speaking Switzerland.

Her work has been exhibited and held in private collections in Switzerland and abroad.


Selected group and solo exhibitions:


Galerie First, Athénée4

Genève GE (CH)


Espace FERT

Genève GE (CH)



Concept store Lumières de Tam

Genève GE (CH)


Exposition Collection Privée Ville d’Aïre

Vernier (CH)


Selected Artist curated by Artexpertise for Galleria Mentana

Florence (IT)


Glam Popup

Genève GE (CH)


Awards and mentorship:

FNS, Fonds National Suisse



Realism in figurative painting, Central St Martins

London (UK)


Lauderdale House Highgate

London (UK)


Cavaliere Azzurro

Florence (IT)

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