Vidya Gastaldon

Exhibition view, L'Illusion des Lumières, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, curator: Caroline Bourgeois, 2014
Exhibition view, L'Illusion des Lumières, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, curator: Caroline Bourgeois, 2014
Le long chariot Mixcoatl (detail), 2014, beechwood, wool, silk, dimensions variable
Le long chariot Mixcoatl (detail), 2014, beechwood, wool, silk, dimensions variable
Le long chariot Mixcoatl, 2014, beechwood, wool, silk, dimensions variable
Le long chariot Mixcoatl, 2014, beechwood, wool, silk, dimensions variable
Healing Painting (First Human), 2015, oil on vintage paint, 15 3/4 x 11 3/8 in.
Healing Painting (First Human), 2015, oil on vintage paint, 15 3/4 x 11 3/8 in.
Healing Painting (A huge ever growing…), 2016, oil on vintage paint, 18 1/8 x 15 in.
Healing Painting (A huge ever growing…), 2016, oil on vintage paint, 18 1/8 x 15 in.
Exhibition view, I'm in Love with the New World, Art : Concept, Paris, 2013
Exhibition view, I'm in Love with the New World, Art : Concept, Paris, 2013
Teapot, salad and poltergeist, 2012, oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm, 23 5/8 x 27 1/2 in  vidya gastaldon
Teapot, salad and poltergeist, 2012, oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm, 23 5/8 x 27 1/2 in vidya gastaldon
Le prochain portail, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 250 cm, 70 7/8 x 98 3/8 in, private collection, Paris
Le prochain portail, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 250 cm, 70 7/8 x 98 3/8 in, private collection, Paris
Rainbow gathering, 2012, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm, 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in, private collection, Paris
Rainbow gathering, 2012, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm, 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in, private collection, Paris
Playful flame, 2011, acrylic, oil on canvas, 90 x 180 cm, 35 3/8 x 70 7/8 in
Playful flame, 2011, acrylic, oil on canvas, 90 x 180 cm, 35 3/8 x 70 7/8 in
Exhibition view, Tu es monstrueux et je t'aime beaucoup, Mamco, Geneva, 2012
Exhibition view, Tu es monstrueux et je t'aime beaucoup, Mamco, Geneva, 2012
Exhibition view, Vidya Gastaldon, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France, 2009
Exhibition view, Vidya Gastaldon, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan, France, 2009
Exhibition view, Atelier Hermès, Seoul, Korea, 2007
Exhibition view, Atelier Hermès, Seoul, Korea, 2007
Exhibition view, Vidya Gastaldon, Kunstmuseum, Thun, 2006
Exhibition view, Vidya Gastaldon, Kunstmuseum, Thun, 2006

CURRENT/UPCOMING

Group Shows:
• Archinature, Piacé Le Radieux, Piacé/FR (08.04-08.05)
• Peindre, dit-elle [Chap.2], Musée des Beaux-arts de Dole, Dole/FR, commissaire Julie Crenn, Amélie Lavin, Annabelle Ténèze (10.03.17-28.05.17)
• Zeitgeist, MAMCO, Genève/CH, (21.02.17-07.05.17)
• En toute modestie – Archipel Di Rosa, MIAM, Sète/FR (02.02.17-17.09.17)

Vidya Gastaldon was born in 1974 in Besançon. She lives and works in Geneva. His work is present, among others, by the following institutions: Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Jenisch Museum, Vevey; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Collection Région Piémont, Turin; MAMCO, Geneva; Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris. Exhibitions : L’Illusion des lumières, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2014) I’m in Love with the New World, Art:Concept (2013); Tu es Monstrueux et je t’aime beaucoup, MAMCO, Geneva (2012); Les étincelles de Meret. Les surréalismes dans l’art contemporain suisse, Kunst Museum, Bern (2012).

With her mystical, fantastical and very vivid approach of art, Vidya Gastaldon develops a sort of harmonization of qualities both spiritual and physical. Allergic to any attempt to control and restrain her universe, she delivers a cosmic overview combining Hindi divinities, Muppet-Show characters and Christian references. Her work, reminiscent of artists such as Turner, Burchfield, Blake or Bunuel, is extremely multi faced and deals with the divine, the hallucinatory but also with everyday life. In a mixture of sacred, sensual, humour and sometimes provocative creations, she manages to establish a connection between “being” and “meant to be”. She engenders new beliefs, and by means of negative and positive impulses she pushes social unconsciousness out of the way, liberating our collective thought of the predefined egregores that oblige us to keep reproducing spiritual and social patterns.

Vidya Gastaldon – Hello From the Other Side

Vidya Gastaldon, Hello From the Other Side, exhibition catalogue, Art : Concept gallery, 2016, Paris, 72 p.

Texts: Julie Portier, Julia Mossé
Translation: Matthew Cunningham, Céline Curiol, Julia Mossé, Frieda Schumann
Thanks to: Alexandre Joly, Belén Ferrier Liamas, Gregory Bourilly
Photographer: Claire Dorn
Conception graphique: Charlotte Collin & Jonathan Martin
Layout: Julia Mossé, Alix Rozès
Printed by: Imprimerie Snel, Liège
© Art : Concept, the artist, the authors

Vidya Gastaldon

Exhibition catalogue, Kunstmuseum, Thun, April 15 – June 18 2006
Authors: Karl Holmqvist, Madeleine Schuppli & Fabrice Stroun
JRP Ringier éditions, Zürich, 2006

Call it what you like…

Exhibition catalogue, Call it what you like…, The new art gallery, Walsall, September 19 – November 23 2008
JRP Ringier éditions, Zürich, 2008