Isabella Gherardi lives and works in Rome. Her artistic research moves between drawing, photography, painting, installation and marble sculpture.
Among the cycles of works we remember: “Greenhouses”, on the theme of nature; the “Bilder” series, on the female nude and china ink drawing; “Fayum”, photographic self-portraits and gold leaf; “Myths”, imaginary portraits of female heroes; “Self-portraits”, layered watercolors of female faces and bodies; “Still Lives”, photographic works where the study of color predominates.
“Greenhouses” is a research that the artist has been carrying on since the beginning and has as its subject nature, botanical gardens and greenhouses. Subjects shot with the Hasselblad are then reworked in the studio by combining refined collages, very fine drawings and very light shades of color. All this gives the new image an aura of rarefaction. Reality is transfigured in a suspended and timeless atmosphere.
Her works are present in important public and private collections including Ludwig Collection, Aachen; Pecci Museum, Prato; Sammlung SpallArt, Salzburg; UniCredit Group Collection, Milano; County Museum of Los Angeles.
Jardins Intérieurs, Proprieté Caillebotte, Yerres
Attalea Princeps, Galerie Pièce Unique et Pièce Unique Variations, Paris
Greenhouses, Studio Geddes, Roma
Padiglione Italia della 54^ Biennale d’Arte di Venezia
Morgana, Museo Pecci, Prato
Lust, Galleria Santo Ficara, Firenze, curated by Sergio Risaliti
Reflection/Refraction, Two by Thirteen Gallery, New York
Alighiero Boetti – Marocco, Photo & Contemporary, Torino
Women in love, Terri Foundation, New York, curated by Thalia Vrachopulos
Venezia Immagine, Padiglione Italia della Biennale di Venezia
Photogenic, Galleria Paola Verrengio, Salerno, curated by Angelo Trimarco
Photogenic, Fondazione Morra, Napoli
Le Opere e i Giorni, Certosa di Padula, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva
Shunga, Fallani Best, Firenze, curated by Giuliano Serafini
Continuità, Museo Pecci, Prato, curated by Jean Christophe Ammann
Fiori di Carne, Spazio San Carpoforo, Milano
Alighiero Boetti, Marocco, Biennale Internazionale della Fotografia, Torino
La memoria e l’oblio, Museo Pecci, Prato, curated by Bruno Corà
Photography, John Weber Gallery, New York
Bilder, Museo Ludwig, Aachen, curated by Wolfgang Becker and Achille Bonito Oliva
Serre, Studio Bocchi, Roma
Greenhouses, Tricia Collins Gallery, New York
Serre, Galleria Dina Carola, Napoli
Greenhouses, Studio Casoli, Milano
Biennale della Fotografia, Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino
Con…Tatto, La posteria, Milano
Over the Mantle, Tricia Collins Contemporary Art, New York
Conversion, Tricia Collins Contemporary Art, New York
Girl, Girl, Girl, Tricia Collins Contemporary Art, New York