Diane Chappalley Swiss, b. 1991


Diane Chappalley, born in Switzerland, is a painter whose work depicts imagined fantasties. The sceneries in her work are rooted in reality and reflect her personal history. Translations of a sensory experience and suspended momentums of the minutiae are visual responses in which remove the viewer from the everyday monotony. 


While inspired from intimate occurrences and often the countryside of Switzerland where she grew up, her work expands beyond this trajectory and is issued from the legacy of painting history, instead Diane’s work proposes a contemporary approach and aesthetic to our tradition, thematic romance within the landscape. 


Diane’s landscapes reflect into our psyche and questions reality in our world where perception is challenged by our imagination. There is a pictorial language, exploring retention of paint with the use of colour, tactile gesture and an attention to surface, innovative forms are weighed into the sublime and rhythmic compositions. Beyond this language her imagery relieves meaning, collapsing content into form. 


Diane Chappalley has held exhibitions internationally in the UK, Switzerland and Hong Kong. She graduated from her MA at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017, where she was awarded the UCL Dean’s list prize, following on from her BA at City and Guilds of London Art School where she received The Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting (2015). Her work has been selected for many prestigious prizes including FBA Futures, Mall Gallery, London, and The Marmite Painting Prize, Block 336, London and Highlanes Gallery, Ireland. In 2017, she completed a residency at the Academy of Visual Art, HKBU in Hong Kong and more recently, she received the Alice Bailly Award, Switzerland.

Diane’s work is held in private collections internationally and is held in public collections including HSBC Art Collection, London, UK and Contemporary Art Collection CHUV, Switzerland.