Fabrice Gygi was born in 1965 in Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated from the École des Arts Décoratifs in 1984 and École Supérieure d’Arts Visuels in 1990. He lives and works in Geneva.
Formerly active in the field of radical performance, Fabrice Gygi has withdrawn from it while maintaining his commitment to his art practice. Gygi looks to uncover authoritarian mechanisms in our society. To this end, Fabrice Gygi began to build structures made of tarpaulin, steel, wood and tubes in 1998. He develops sculptural structures that contain within them a form of violence, repression or threat in order to question the actual order of things. In recent years, he has worked in smaller formats, such as silver pendants or linocuts, enhanced by the brilliance of Ecoline. These smaller – and de facto more human – dimensions reflect a desire to master the work, from concept to production, by shunning, for a time, large installations or constructions, which are involved in terms of management and delegation. Watercolor offers an example of a more spontaneous technique and a more abstract result, characterized by a lightness made of solid colors, characteristics which contrast with the pattern of the grid whose form is much more severe.
Fabrice Gygi’s work has been awarded several art prizes, including the First Prize at the Triennale de l’Estampe Contemporaine in 2004, the Swiss Federal Prize of Fine Arts from 1996 to 1998 and the Prix Lissignol-Chevalier et Galland in 1995. Solo exhibitions include those at Galerie Guy Bärtschi, now Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland), Triennale d’Art du Valais (Martigny, Switzerland), Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris, France), Istituto Svizzero di Roma (Italy), the Swiss Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale (Italy), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (Switzerland), MAMCO (Geneva, Switzerland), Swiss Institute (New York, USA) and CAN – Centre d’Art de Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Selected group exhibitions include shows at Art Bärtschi & Cie, now Wilde (Geneva and Basel, Switzerland), Kanal Centre Pompidou (Brussels, Belgium), Museum Tinguely (Basel, Switzerland), Musée Jenisch (Vevey, Switzerland), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (France), Migros Museum (Zürich, Switzerland), Kunsthaus Zürich (Switzerland) and Musée Rath (Geneva, Switzerland). Fabrice Gygi’s work is featured in several public art collections, among which the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (France), FRAC Île de France (Paris, France), MAMCO (Geneva, Switzerland), Migros Museum (Zürich, Switzerland), Mudac (Lausanne, Switzerland) and MuKHA (Antwerp, Belgium).