profile picEliana Marinari is a visual artist living and working in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work focus on femininity and the temporary nature of our experiences, every moment in our life is a transition between changing states.

Eliana applies traditional painting techniques but uses digital painting to build the underpainting for her work, by inkjet printing on aluminium. The image is immediate, over time changes occur, the brushstrokes and hand painting gestures shape the figure. The final work is constructed by applying thick layers of oil paint, pigments and glazing layers: texture, colour and luminescence are created by the flow and rhythm of the brush strokes, which are directional, the focus is on movement. Lines, Shapes, Volumes and Colours are the catalyst of her narrative and the final image is a sensation, for others to see its own story, its own tale reflected.


Eliana began her training in Florence, where she studied drawing and painting under the mentorship of Greta Villa and Donatella Sfogli, from the Academy of Arts. 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:

2018 Galerie First, Athénée4, Genève GE (CH)

2018 Espace FERT, Genève GE (CH)

2017 Concept store Lumières de Tam, Genève GE (CH)

2017 Exposition Collection Privée, Ville d’Aïre, Vernier (CH)

2017 Selected Artist curated by Artexpertise for Galleria Mentana, Florence (IT)

2017 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)