“My artistic journey expands into an exploration of many media. Painting, drawing, embroidery, installations, prints and artist’s books, nourished by writings, hone reflections on identity, preservation of memory, grief, and ultimately, personal transformation”.
Kikki Ghezzi was born in Milan, Italy. Although internationally trained in law she turned her energies full time to art after settling in New York City. There she undertook a long period of training in American art schools. Initially, she enrolled in Larry Poons’ painting course at the Art Students League. Also in New York City, she studied in the ateliers of Graham Nickson and Garth Evans and earned a painting certificate from Parsons School of Design. She enrolled at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where in 2007 she received the Speier Foundation Award and in 2011 was awarded a Fine Arts degree (with highest honors). In 2009, Nancy Grimes invites her to work as assistant in her painting course. Her degree program ended with the “Pratt Harlem Project,” an ambitious exhibition, conceived by Ghezzi in a 9,000 square foot raw space in Harlem. The lessons of Ghezzi’s masters in the academic world were supplemented by her friendships with two artists with deep roots in the art worlds of other generations, Albert Kresch and Emily Mason, each of whom have provided fresh, constant presences in her daily exploration. In 2016 Ghezzi was a resident artist at the LTA program of the Guggenheim Museum, NY. She has been recipient of numerous fellowships including the Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland and VCCA in Virginia. The artist has exhibited her works both in the United States and in Europe.
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