Eliana Marinari is a visual artist living and working in Geneva.
Her paintings, created by superposition of 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 mentoring of Greta Villa from Academy of Florence. She continued her studies in London, where she obtained an interdisciplinary PhD at University College London (2008-2011). In 2012, she focused on her studio practice and continued her studies at Central St Martins, developing her interpretation of Realism in Figurative painting.
She then moved to Switzerland, where she continued 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.
She set up her studio at Foound, and created 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.
Recent group and solo exhibitions:
Ressources Urbaines, Genève GE (CH)
Marty ArtMode, Prato (IT)
Galerie First, Genève GE (CH)
FERT group show
Espace FERT, Genève GE (CH)
Metamorphosis, solo show
Espace Lumières de Tam, Genève GE (CH)
Exposition Collection Privée Ville d’Aïre, Vernier (CH)
Selected Artist curated by Artexpertise for Galleria Mentana
Awards and Scholarship:
FNS, Fonds National Suisse
Realism in Figurative painting
Central St Martins, London (UK)
PhD scholarship award
UCL, London (UK)
University of Florence, Italy