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.
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.
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.
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.
Featured image: Mizzo – Untitled Piece – Image courtesy of Soon Galerie
All images courtesy of Soon Galerie.
|2017||PiNG POM||Katz Contemporary Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland||Group|
|2016||dürr & matt Art-Postcards||Collages and Poetry, Zurich, Basel, Switzerland||Group|
|2016||PING POM||Manifesta 11, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland||Group|
|2016||LOST FACES||Trace Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland||Group|
|2015||Solo Exhibition||Trace Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland||Solo|
|2015||Group Exhibition||Jungkunsts'DUO, Winterthur, Switzerland||Group|
|2015||Artist in Residence||Stable Schore, Oberuzwil, Switzerland||Group|
|2015||Book and Movie release 4661m2||Prison Project JVA Lenzburg, Switzerland||Group|
|2014||Art on building, Stairway Painting||Lames Festival, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|2014||Teaching at the GBS Art School||St. Gallen, Switzerland||Group|
|2014||Group Exhibition||ArtNight Schruns, Austria||Group|
|2013||Wall painting||Prison Project 4661m2, Switzerland||Group|
|2013||Group show||Kulay-Dicwa Gallery of Contemporary Art, Metro Manila, Philippines||Group|
|2012||Group show||Mad Art, Zurich, Switzerland||Group|
|2012||Artist in Residence||Manila, Philippines||Group|
|2012||Artist in Residence||Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2012||Group show||Dylan and Amanda Bradway Gallery, Oklahoma, US||Group|
|2010||Group show||ArtYou, Basel, Switzerland||Group|
|2010||Group show||Crabcycles Fumetto, Luzern, Switzerland||Group|
|2010||Group show||Stroke Art Fair, Munich, Germany||Group|
|2009||Group show||Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|2009||Group show||Spacejunk Gallery, Bayonne, Grenoble, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France||Group|
|2009||Group show||nicenice Gallery, Hannover, Germany||Group|
|2008||Group show||Jungkunst, Winterthur, Switzerland||Group|
|2008||Group show||Carhartt-Gallery, Weil am Rhein, Germany||Group|
|2008||Group show||Urbanfeedback, Basel, Switzerland||Group|
|2008||Group show||Mojo, Heilbronn, Germany||Group|
|2007||Group show||Artstuebli, Basel, Switzerland||Group|
|2007||Group show||the Nachtigall. Zurich, Switzerland||Group|