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

Her paintings, created by superimposing glazing layers of aerosol paint, are a surreal representation of the subject, speaking of both the distorted quality of memory and the ephemeral nature of our experiences.

The vestigial image composed of transparent imperceptible paint particles, evokes the impression of photography but conveys to the viewer, in the digital era of high resolution images, the uncomfortable feeling of something that he cannot fully grasp: the effect of an image which is not fully loading, giving the sense of the illusion of reality.

Eliana ‘s approach in developing her work is experimental. In her paintings, she applies her knowledge of traditional Renaissance painting using the technique of sfumato and unione, with unconventional materials: her original use of transparent aerosol paint, applied in glazing layers, creates hazy, dreamy compositions. Spray paint, ink, pastels and acrylic are used in her work. The result is an organic composition, a reconciliation between abstraction and figurative.


Eliana began her training in Florence as a scientist, while studying Art under the mentorship of Greta Villa from Academy of Florence. She continued her studies in London, where she obtained an interdisciplinary PhD at University College London. She then focused on her studio practice and her interpretation of realism in figurative painting under the mentorship of Bettina Reiber at Central St Martins.

She is now based in Switzerland, where she continues her quest in bridging the gap between art and science. In 2015, she received the prestigious Swiss National Funding Award for the development of an interdisciplinary project.

Her work has been exhibited and is held in private collections in Switzerland, Italy, UK and the US. She has been featured by multiple media outlets and publications, including The Jealous Curator, BOOOOOOOM and Create!Magazine among others.


Selected group and solo exhibitions:


PILOT, Group exhibition

PXP Contemporary, USA



Group exhibition, Ephemeral

Ressources Urbaines, Genève GE (CH)


Group exhibition

Spazio Collettivo, Prato (IT)


FERT group exhibition

Espace FERT, Genève GE (CH)



Solo exhibition

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



Realism in Figurative painting group exhibition

Central St Martins, London (UK)


Portraiture group exhibition

Lauderdale House, Highgate, London (UK)


Awards and Scholarship:


FNS, Fonds National Suisse



PhD scholarship award

UCL, London (UK)


Master Degree

University of Florence, Italy



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