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.


Born: Switzerland, 1991

Lives and works: London



2020 Behind Closed Doors, Informality, Henley on Thames, UK

2019  Between you and me, Le Salon Vert, Geneva, CH

2018  Mute Muet, HSBC Art Collection Space, London, UK



2020  FIGHT or FLIGHT?, The Bakery, Roman Road Gallery, London, UK  2020  Waving in the distance, Terrace Gallery, London, UK

2019  Diane Chappalley & Georgia Sowerby, SET Space, London UK

2018  Alice Bailly Award, Espace CHUV, Lausanne, CH

2018  The present is already gone, Chalton Gallery, London, UK

2018  Radical Residency, Unit 1 Gallery / Workshop, London, UK

2018  FBA futures, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2017  Pond, Academy of Visual Art, Hong Kong University, HK

2017  Slade School of Fine Art MA Degree Show, London, UK

2016  Lynn Painter Stainers, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2016  Marmite Prize for Painting V, Block 336, London, UK

2016  Marmite Prize for Painting V Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland

2015  City & Guilds of London Art School, Degree Show, UK



2018  Alice Bailly Award, Fondation Alice Bailly, CH

2018  Residency, Unit 1 Gallery / Workshop, London, UK  

2017  Dean's list 2017, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK

2017  Olive Prize, Slade School of Fine Art, UK

2017  Residency, Academy of Visual Art, HKBU, Hong Kong, HK

2016  Herbert Seaborn Scholarship, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

2015  The Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting, City and Guilds of London Art School, UK

2014  David Ballardie Award, Travel Prize, UK

2013  Roger de Grey, Drawing Prize, student vote, UK



HSBC Art Collection, London, UK

Contemporary Art Collection CHUV, CH