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silviagallart@gmail.com
0041 76 461 03 45

Artist Statement, CV 

Silvia Gallart is a Swiss-Spanish graphic designer and visual artist who lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Born and grown in Spain, she has become a specialist in contemporary digital pop art, which in her case is often characterised by very vivid colours, unconventional combinations and associations and playful compositions. Silvia Gallart’s works are also inspired by her fascination for popular culture (especially pop & rock music, online communication and the internet), graphic elements (typography, geometry and lines), her multicultural background and her love for travelling and different languages. She is constantly reinventing herself and creating a surprising series of images. She has exhibited successfully in Zurich, Zug, Lucerne, Chicago and Barcelona, among other places. Her references include Hilton Hotels, Volkshaus Zurich, Jugendkulturhaus Dynamo, Fumetto Comic Festival, Art 333, A-space Gallery, Sihlhalle, Basis Lager and die Rote Fabrik.

While the artist’s earlier works focused on the idea, the conceptual basis and the subject matter and made frequent use of the collage genre, Silvia Gallart’s attention tends to shift to the formal level in her more recent works. The artist’s pictorial language, which has always been influenced by graphic art, is increasingly determined by geometric elements that are consistently developed further.

If one lets one’s gaze wander back and forth between earlier works of art and those from more recent times, however, one obviously notices an individual signature and a common thread. Silvia Gallart, in keeping with New Media Art or Pop Art, makes use of existing everyday images, whether as models for drawing, as elements in a collage or for intermedial further development by means of computer programmes. She takes up the existing image universe of the Western world, combines it with the recurring colourful palette familiar from graphic art and thus creates works that are partly ironic, partly critical, partly optimistic and humorous, which always function as series as a world or narrative of their own, but which also convey a variety of possible stories in themselves.

The artist consciously uses symbols, icons, existing or self-created slogans (“Connect – Make the Internet Real”, “Thanks for the music”, “Ask your pillow”, “Lost in translation”, “When does a picture disappear?”, “Stop global warming” etc.) and images that are everywhere, regardless of time and place, in our everyday lives determined by a flood of images (David Bowie, Grace Jones, emojis, underground maps, flags and antiques etc.).

Silvia Gallart’s cross-medially conceived works, despite their superficial cheerfulness due to the colour design, do not stick to the surface, but are able to initiate a reflection on our everyday life determined by digital communication technologies and encourage us to think about the mediality of images and their supposed naturalness. Text: Nadja Borer

Silvia Gallart is a Swiss-Spanish graphic designer and visual artist who lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Born and grown in Spain, she has become a specialist in contemporary digital pop art, which in her case is often characterised by very vivid colours, unconventional combinations and associations and playful compositions. Silvia Gallart’s works are also inspired by her fascination for popular culture (especially pop & rock music, online communication and the internet), graphic elements (typography, geometry and lines), her multicultural background and her love for travelling and different languages. She is constantly reinventing herself and creating a surprising series of images. She has exhibited successfully in Zurich, Zug, Lucerne, Chicago and Barcelona, among other places. Her references include Hilton Hotels, Volkshaus Zurich, Jugendkulturhaus Dynamo, Fumetto Comic Festival, Art 333, A-space Gallery, Sihlhalle, Basis Lager and die Rote Fabrik.

While the artist’s earlier works focused on the idea, the conceptual basis and the subject matter and made frequent use of the collage genre, Silvia Gallart’s attention tends to shift to the formal level in her more recent works. The artist’s pictorial language, which has always been influenced by graphic art, is increasingly determined by geometric elements that are consistently developed further.

If one lets one’s gaze wander back and forth between earlier works of art and those from more recent times, however, one obviously notices an individual signature and a common thread. Silvia Gallart, in keeping with New Media Art or Pop Art, makes use of existing everyday images, whether as models for drawing, as elements in a collage or for intermedial further development by means of computer programmes. She takes up the existing image universe of the Western world, combines it with the recurring colourful palette familiar from graphic art and thus creates works that are partly ironic, partly critical, partly optimistic and humorous, which always function as series as a world or narrative of their own, but which also convey a variety of possible stories in themselves.

The artist consciously uses symbols, icons, existing or self-created slogans (“Connect – Make the Internet Real”, “Thanks for the music”, “Ask your pillow”, “Lost in translation”, “When does a picture disappear?”, “Stop global warming” etc.) and images that are everywhere, regardless of time and place, in our everyday lives determined by a flood of images (David Bowie, Grace Jones, emojis, underground maps, flags and antiques etc.).

Silvia Gallart’s cross-medially conceived works, despite their superficial cheerfulness due to the colour design, do not stick to the surface, but are able to initiate a reflection on our everyday life determined by digital communication technologies and encourage us to think about the mediality of images and their supposed naturalness. Text: Nadja Borer

 

Artist Statement, CV 

Contact
silviagallart@gmail.com
0041 76 461 03 45

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