About

Gabriela Hess, a trained graphic artist, has been teaching Calligraphy in Switzerland and abroad for over ten years. She has attended numerous seminars on classical and modern calligraphy, seeking from the outset to develop her powers of expression, studying the movement and the shape of handwriting in depth, and can be said to be a calligrapher to her very soul. This passion allows her to create original compositions of great elegance, in which each word, each sentence, each sign used in the ambit of art and communication is rendered unique. Gabriela has taken part in individual and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Spain, and her works have been published in diverse books and periodicals.

She works in her atelier, a loft in a disused factory overlooking the river Tresa, which marks the frontier between Italy and Switzerland . Gabriela is an active member of the Swiss and Italian Associations of Calligraphy, and the Ticino Calligraphy group.

“My art does not only consist in interpreting and drawing the sense of things; rather it is letting sensations flow through me, perhaps trying to give a countenance to a sound which has been forgotten or concealed within a form. When I am creating it is as if I need to evolve, to reach an understanding of the shades of meaning in each gesture, abandoning myself completely to the movements which give life to the sensations”

Clients

  • MONTBLANC, Hamburg – Genève
  • LOUIS VUITTON, Switzerland
  • GALVOLUX, Bioggio
  • BALLY, Switzerland
  • CHRISTIAN DIOR, Paris
  • GÜBELIN, Luzern
  • PRADA, Lugano
  • LINDT & SPRÜNGLI, Switzerland
  • LANDOLT – ARBENZ, Zürich
  • GARBANI CARTOLERIA, Lugano

  • ATRE, Bioggio
  • KALAIDOS FACHHOCHSCHULE, Zürich
  • MIMISOL di Imelde Bronzieri, Italia
  • PREMEC, Switzerland
  • IMMOHOME, Zollikon
  • POESTATE, Lugano
  • CREDITS SUISSE, Zürich
  • RAIFFEISEN, Lugano
  • MATRIMONIALMENTE, Varese-Pantelleria
  • WEDDING & EVENTS, Zürich

Solo exhibitions

  • 1999 “Cantico delle Creature”- Convento del Bigorio
  • 2002 “Cantico dei Cantici”- Serralunga d’Alba, Italia
  • 2003 “Deviazione” con Flavia Zanetti, Officinaarte, Magliaso
  • 2004 “Manna Kunsthuis” – Bruges, Belgio
  • 2005 “Segni” – Castello di Ponte Tresa
  • 2005 “Kulturstätte Lengnau” – Berna
  • 2007 “Lux–Umbra” – Galleria Stellanove , Mendrisio
  • 2011 “L’eternità racchiusa in un solo attimo”- con Patrizia Balmelli , Riva San Vitale
  • 2014 “Incontro tra madre e figlia” – con mamma Rosemarie Hess, Ristorante La Palma, Ticino
  • 2015 “EXPO Milano” performance dal vivo per padiglione Corriere della Sera
  • 2016 “Dalla Grafica all’Africa” – Ex Asilo Ciani, Lugano
  • 2017 “Im Zeichen” – Müllershaus, Lenzburg

Collective

  • 1998 “Poesia della Scrittura” – con ACI e SKG e Museo Hermann Hesse a Ponte Tresa
  • 2001 “Museé des Beaux Arts”- Les Locle con l’Associazione Calligrafica Svizzera
  • 2001 “Finzioni alfabetiche” – Biblioteca Braidense, Milano
  • 2002 “Versi d’inchiostro” – Biblioteca salita dei Frati, Lugano
  • 2004 “Scrivere” – Museo d’arte, Mendrisio
  • 2005 “Grigiori”  – Officinaarte, Magliaso
  • 2006 “Migrazioni”- con ass. culturale l’Arco e la Fonte a Siracusa, Italia
  • 2007 “Oltre il museo” –  Museo del Malcantone, Curio
  • 2009 “illeggibile” – Gruppo Calligrafia Ticino, Stabio
  • 2010 “Über Schrift” – con Associazione Calligrafica Svizzera, Stansstad
  • 2012 “Ogni pagina una storia” – con Calligrafia Ticino, Biblioteca Cantonale di Lugano
  • 2013 “Haus für Kunst”- Altdorf, Uri
  • 2016 “Artisti di EXPO” – Galleria Il Rivellino a Locarno
  • 2018 “Walkabout#01_ Incantamento” Fondazione Fabbrica Cioccolato Cima Norma, Ticino

Performances

  • 2001 “Il segno per Palomar” – servizio  TSI-Televisione Svizzera Italiana.
  • 2002 Primo Premio al concorso “Premi de Ciutadela de Menorca” (E)
  • 2010 Primo Premio per ventesimo dell’Associazione Calligrafica Svizzera
  • 2012 “La parola e il gesto “ CULT TV, TSI il 12.2.2012
  • 2012 POESTATE, Lugano omaggio a Shakespeare. Performance dal vivo
  • 2013 “CARNAL” opera teatrale con performance calligrafiche dal vivo
  • 2015 “Passatempo” RSI 1