Gena Milanesi is a self-taught painter whose work reflects a remastered reality through intense brushstrokes and movement. Her powerful color use and bold layers of paint function to achieve a distinct energy with oil, acrylic and 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 and Yves Klein, Milanesi aims to capture the intimate relationship between subject and 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 and practices of the past.
Milanesi's work adorns the walls of celebrities, professional athletes and notable executives, including Robert Shapiro, Jerry West, The Game, Anthony Anderson, and 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 and 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 and rich hues.
Her versatile style has also attracted corporate entities such as Gibson Brands, Sony ATV Publishing, ESPN, Casamigos Tequila, Veterinary Clinics of America, and Bloomingdales. With echoes of legendary rock records blasting in her studio, Milanesi had a recent collaboration with Gibson Brands to highlight the iconic brand in her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
Milanesi graduated from the University of Southern California and currently resides in Los Angeles. She has been part of group exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Miami's Art Basel. In January 2017, she had her first solo exhibition at Gibson Brands on Sunset (formerly the iconic Los Angeles landmark, Tower Records).
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