Vanessa Billy

1978 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Vanessa Billy is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in Switzerland, like other celebrated artists such as Philippe Decrauzat, Athene Galiciadis, Andrea Hildbrand, Ugo Rondinone, and Tommaso Donati. Vanessa Billy was born in 1978.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Vanessa Billy is represented by Galleria Gentili in Firenze, Italy. Vanessa Billy's work has most recently been exhibited at c-o-m-p-o-s-i-t-e in Brussels (30 May 2019 until 06 July 2019) with the exhibition Bonding in Whispers. Vanessa Billy's only other exhibition is Original Fake, which took place at Maisterravalbuena Galería | Madrid in Spain (27 May 2017 - 29 July 2017).

Vanessa Billy in private collections

On Artland, Wolf Patricia includes works by Vanessa Billy, but also others by Tora Aghabayova, Ali Hasanov, and Choi Jun Kun, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the development of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its founding members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly metamorphosed into an vital centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. precedingly, Switzerland had produced some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist era of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another key movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier may have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first independent projects were realized in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for affluent local clients. Remarkable Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Vanessa Billy

Born in 1978, Vanessa Billy's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Vanessa Billy

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  • Exhibitions 3

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