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. A Los Angeles native with strong European roots, Milanesi constantly finds inspiration in her surroundings. Following the lead of highly acclaimed artists, namely Jonas Wood, Gerhard Richter, Leroy Neiman & Yves Klein, Milanesi aims to capture the intimate relationship between subject & artist with a straightforward style. While apparently simple at first glance, her work presents a simultaneous exploration of the contemporary that reoccurs showing concepts of newness & practices of the past.
Milanesi's work adorns the walls of celebrities, professional athletes & notable executives, including Robert Shapiro, Jerry West, The Game, Anthony Anderson, & others. Highly influenced by the Yves Klein Archives, Milanesi recently collaborated with distinguished American soccer player Landon Donovan and American basketball player, Chris Paul. 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 hues.
Her versatile style has also attracted corporate entities such as Gibson Brands, Nike, Sony ATV Publishing, ESPN, Casamigos Tequila, Veterinary Clinics of America, & Bloomingdale's. With echoes of legendary rock records blasting in her studio, Milanesi had a recent collaboration with Gibson Brands in January 2017 to highlight the iconic brand in her first solo exhibition at Gibson Brands on Sunset (formerly the iconic Los Angeles landmark, Tower Records).
Milanesi graduated from the University of Southern California & currently resides in Los Angeles. She has been part of group exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, & Miami's Art Basel. Her next solo exhibition will be in December 2017 hosted by the Audio Salon Gallery at the renowned Bergamont Station in Santa Monica, CA.