Crystel Ceresa paints large-scale works, spraying the paint at the canvas to create decorative, collage-like compositions. While her subjects are bright and flowery in appearance, a closer look reveals their deep connection to art history and its recurrent themes: the baroque vanitas, the white-powdered portraits of Rococo, and the idealized female figures of Pre-Rafaelites. Ceresa’s works have an aura of intimacy and often suggest fragile remembrances that can pale, fade, and disappear at any time.

Ceresa graduated from l’Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneva. Her work is represented in many public and private collections in Europe such as the Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam; Bank Julius Bär, Basel; Crédit Suisse, Zurich; Zurich Versicherungen, Basel; HSBC, Zurich; Collection Yves Racloz, Geneva; and Collection Nicolas Torroni, Geneva.

Selected Exhibitions in 2013:


In My Room, Cité des Arts, Paris

SUMMERTIME 13, Galerie Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen

Flowers, Galerie Etienne, Oisterwijk

Sold !, Usine Genevoise de dégrossissage d‘or, Forde, Geneva

We were Young, Galerie Laleh June, Basel

De l‘inachevé, Futur Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (Halles CFF), Lausanne