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.