Gena Milanesi is a self-taught painter whose work reflects a remastered reality through intense brushstrokes & movement. Her powerful color use & bold layers of paint function to achieve a distinct energy with oil, acrylic & other mixed mediums. As a dual-citizen of the US & UK, she constantly retracts to her roots as a source of inspiration. Her work presents a simultaneous exploration of the contemporary that reoccurs showing concepts of newness & practices of the past. Her recent works interpret various imagery using monochromatic hues to underscore juxtaposed content in a straightforward manner.

Milanesi's work adorns the walls of celebrities, professional athletes & notable executives, including Jerry West, The Game, Robert Shapiro, Anthony Anderson, & others. Highly influenced by the Yves Klein Archives, Milanesi collaborated with distinguished American soccer player Landon Donovan and American basketball player, Chris Paul where both the athlete & artist employ the paint in a unique manner of contradicting energy with athletic equipment as if the image escapes the canvas. The applied concept to this body of work encompasses a complexity that captures multiple simultaneous dimensions in time through the spectrum of movement & rich color scheme.

Milanesi graduated from the University of Southern California & currently resides in her hometown of Los Angeles. She has been part of group exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, & Miami's Art Basel. Her versatile style has also attracted corporate entities such as Gibson Brands, NBA, Nike, ESPN, Casamigos Tequila, Veterinary Clinics of America, & Bloomingdale's.

In January 2017, she teamed up with Gibson Brands for her first solo exhibition at Gibson Brands on Sunset (formerly the iconic Los Angeles landmark, Tower Records). In January 2018, she had a solo exhibition at the Bergamot Station sponsored by the Audio Salon Gallery. Her recent exhibition was held at the Werkartz Gallery in Los Angeles.

photography by Alanna Durkee

photography by Alanna Durkee


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