Vidya Gastaldon was born in 1974 in Besançon, France. She studied at École supérieure d’art de Grenoble, France. From 1994 to 2001, Gastaldon collaborated with Jean-Michel Wicker. She lives and works in Geneva.
Gastaldon’s figurative painting depicts forms seemingly inhabiting wondrous worlds in which nature would have a magical force. Her cosmic representations give the appearance of a larger, complex ecosystem. Beyond paintbrushes and pencils, her artistic practice encompasses yoga, gardening as well as meditation and readings of sacred texts and comics. This diversity contributes to creating a protean world, harmoniously “split” between light and darkness, origins and apocalypse, micro- and macrocosms. Gastaldon nevertheless adheres to non-binary modes of representations. Spirits, allegories and divinities cohabit in dazzling and dazed landscapes that touch on the sacred and the secular, art history and the vernacular. Beyond references and appropriations, Gastaldon’s art essentially stems from visions; the artist describes herself as their mere vector or instrument. This approach is uncommon in the recent history of art.
Gastaldon’s work was exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including recent shows at the Kuntmuseum Bern (Switzerland), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), Salon Suisse (Venice Biennale, Italy) and FriArt (Fribourg, Switzerland). Other group shows include those at Wilhelm-Hack-Museum (Ludwigshafen, Germany), Triennale d’Art Contemporain du Valais (Martigny, Switzerland), Art Bärtschi & Cie, now Wilde (Geneva and Basel, Switzerland), MAMCO (Geneva, Switzerland) and Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou (Paris, France). Recent solo shows include those at Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland), Art : Concept (Paris, France) and Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix (Les Sables-d’Olonne, France). Vidya Gastaldon’s works are featured in several public art collections, including Centre National des Arts Plastiques (France), Collection Bank Credit Suisse (Switzerland), Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain (Geneva, Switzerland), Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, France), Kunstmuseum Bern (Switzerland), MAMCO (Geneva, Switzerland), MNAM – Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) and Walsall Museum (UK).