Crystel Ceresa Swiss, b. 1977

Overview

Crystel Ceresa's large works attract the eye at first by their polised and skilfully painted surfaces – it is only later that they reveal their deep connections to art history. Ceresa creates subtle airbrush paintings with bold pastels. Here and there the motifs appear as though plunged in a hazy fog. Her subjects - mostly flowers - spread out like jewels; portraits of her personal heroes or text fragments that Ceresa assembles in collage-like compositions from wich emmanates an aura of intimacy. 

The Swiss artist does not strive to express an objective depiction of reality; her works are rather about the visual interpretation of the artist's imagination, inspiration and memories. The compositions suggest fragile remembrances that can pale, fade and even disappear at any time.

Works
Biography

Crystel Ceresa was born in Switzerland in 1977. She graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in 2004 and from the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Geneva in 1998. She works and lives in Geneva.

 

Crystel Ceresa's large works attract the eye at first by their polised and skilfully painted surfaces – it is only later that they reveal their deep connections to art history. Ceresa creates subtle airbrush paintings with bold pastels. Here and there the motifs appear as though plunged in a hazy fog. Her subjects - mostly flowers - spread out like jewels; portraits of her personal heroes or text fragments that Ceresa assembles in collage-like compositions from wich emmanates an aura of intimacy. 

The Swiss artist does not strive to express an objective depiction of reality; her works are rather about the visual interpretation of the artist's imagination, inspiration and memories. The compositions suggest fragile remembrances that can pale, fade and even disappear at any time.

 

The gold backgrounds, skulls, repainted surfaces and flower-framed portraits reminds us of Byzantine icon painting, baroque vanitas depictions, white powdered portraits of the rococo era and idealized female figures of the Pre-Raphaelites.

 

In her series Kaleidorama, Crystel Ceresa’s paintings and collages are subtly disconnected from our day lives, they are the result of our daily image compounding. Ceresa scans hundreds of images in books, magazines, encyclopedias and internet pages to build up her own visual library. A visual data mapping about utopic architecture, exotism, urbanism, kitschy flowers, imaginary portraits, prisms of our shiny world, combining past fictions and future utopias.

 

Her paintings “Carbon memories” (tu en penses quoi?) the viewer first thinks of the details of polished diamonds, but in fact they are issued from mapped VJ performances, compounded together so fast that as a result, we are looking into an abstract kaleidoscope of vivid images. Crystel Ceresa combines in a subtle way sound and images issued from the past and from the present; she mixes up technics of airbrush, collage, black pen drawings and fluorescent pens to increase the depth of the paintings.

 

Her work is present in many public and private collections in Europe.