Mizzo - Untitled Piece - Image courtesy of Soon Galerie

Mizzo /   Myriam Gämperli

Switzerland 1979

Illustration, Collage


Myriam Gämperli
June 7, 2017
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Mizzo is an artistic pseudonym of Myriam Gämperli, a Swiss artist whose work dances within the imaginative realm that finds itself lost between recognition and unfamiliarity. Her humorous paperwork heavily reflects avant-garde ideas of Dadaism as far as visual concepts are concerned. However, her style has no other true reference – Mizzo’s art exists in its own colorful world of curved lines, humorous collages, elaborate cardboard costumes and many other creative elements.

Mizzo - Amose Anatomalie
Mizzo – Amose Anatomalie

How Far an Artistic Education Can Take You

Myriam Gämperli was born in Croix in the year of 1979. The educative part of her life played a huge role in shaping her artistic style – Mizzo has an incredibly strong control over her creative vocabulary and a lot of that ability is due to her education that provided her an extremely solid foundation upon which she built her craft. She attended the preliminary classes of the Design College program at the St.Gallen school, learned about technical collage at ABZDGM in Zurich and received a Master degree in Art and Design (Major Illustration) from the University of Art and Design in Luzern. After graduation, Myriam Gämperli started working as a freelance artist and designer, establishing a reputation within the art community with her unique style and interesting content.

Mizzo - Untitled Piece
Mizzo – An Untitled Piece

Analyzing Her Collage and Illustration Work

Already during his college days, Amose began to paint her pictures in an unmistakable style. Nowadays, her work has evolved to its finest form to date on both the conceptual and the technical front – Mizzo treats her figures with the precision of a surgeon, dissecting them with sudden lines and brush strokes, turning them into a part of her whimsical compositions. This approach inserts a strong note of tension into her pictorial works – however, this feeling is balanced out. When looking at her art, it often seems as if there is a presence of something that does not belong together, like something went terribly wrong yet that that is completely fine.

Through her mind provoking art, Mizzo builds on the tradition of disruption, creating arrangements that balance between recognition and unfamiliarity

Mizzo - Knit Knight ----- Untitled Piece
Mizzo – Knit Knight / Untitled Piece

Where Do Mizzo and Her Art Fit?

Many art experts and critics like to state that Mizzo’s work is in many ways an extension of the main Dadaistic features. Although this may be the case as far as the visuals are concerned, the work of this author should not be put in such a restraining box – the art of Myriam Mizzo Gämperli is a world of its own, an imaginative universe that has no true root in any previously established style or artistic movement. Completely free and unbounded, her charming work is a true delight to observe and analyze – all in all, it is a true gem of contemporary art that is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

This artist is represented by Soon Galerie.

Myriam Mizzo Gämperli lives and works in Lille, France.

Featured image: Mizzo – Untitled Piece – Image courtesy of Soon Galerie
All images courtesy of Soon Galerie.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017PiNG POM Katz Contemporary Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2016dürr & matt Art-PostcardsCollages and Poetry, Zurich, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2016PING POMManifesta 11, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2016LOST FACESTrace Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Solo ExhibitionTrace Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2015Group ExhibitionJungkunsts'DUO, Winterthur, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Artist in ResidenceStable Schore, Oberuzwil, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Book and Movie release 4661m2Prison Project JVA Lenzburg, SwitzerlandGroup
2014Art on building, Stairway PaintingLames Festival, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2014Teaching at the GBS Art SchoolSt. Gallen, SwitzerlandGroup
2014Group ExhibitionArtNight Schruns, AustriaGroup
2013Wall paintingPrison Project 4661m2, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Group showKulay-Dicwa Gallery of Contemporary Art, Metro Manila, PhilippinesGroup
2012Group show Mad Art, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2012Artist in ResidenceManila, PhilippinesGroup
2012Artist in ResidenceBerlin, GermanyGroup
2012Group show Dylan and Amanda Bradway Gallery, Oklahoma, USGroup
2010Group show ArtYou, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Group show Crabcycles Fumetto, Luzern, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Group show Stroke Art Fair, Munich, GermanyGroup
2009Group show Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2009Group show Spacejunk Gallery, Bayonne, Grenoble, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, FranceGroup
2009Group show nicenice Gallery, Hannover, GermanyGroup
2008Group show Jungkunst, Winterthur, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Group show Carhartt-Gallery, Weil am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2008Group show Urbanfeedback, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Group show Mojo, Heilbronn, GermanyGroup
2007Group show Artstuebli, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2007Group show the Nachtigall. Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup