Francesca Gabbiani creates intricate cut-paper collages depicting moments frozen in time and space. The idea of memory lies at the core of Gabbiani’s investigation. She is interested in creating a space that feels familiar yet uncanny; as though the viewer is visiting a new place he or she has already seen.


Gabbiani was born in 1965 in Montreal, Canada. In 1969 she moved to Switzerland, and in 1992 she graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneva. She studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 1993 to 1994 and received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997. Gabbiani’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva (MAMCO), among other venues. Her work was shown at the Hammer Museum in 2001 as part of the Hammer Projects series. 


 The artist currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.