Kiko Gianocca

Switzerland, b.1974

Swiss artist Graziano (Kiko) Gianocca explores materiality and form using a wide range of media such as porcelain, resin, felt and precious metals. Kiko completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Art Institute CFP, Florence in 1999, going on to study at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. He lived in Melbourne between 2003 and 2008, and completed his Masters in Fine Art at RMIT University. Kiko returned to Lugarno, Switzerland, in 2008. He has been awarded the Swiss Design Prize, the Mari Funaki Award 2014, and has showed in significant exhibitions worldwide, including Colin & Cicely Rigg Contemporary Design Award in Melbourne, Schmuck in Munich and 2012’s Unexpected Pleasures at the NGV, Melbourne and The London Design Museum.

 

Kiko’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of South Australia and Queensland Art, as well as at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and MUDAC, Lausanne.

 

“To create objects is exploring what is around me and effect me. To manipulate materials and to develop new forms is a sort of documentation. In the making, conscious and unconscious meet and the resulting objects become the refuge of thoughts, memories, joy and fears.” Kiko Gianocca



The Elephant on Mars, 2019, silver, blackened silver

More work by Kiko Gianocca

The Elephant on Mars by Kiko Gianocca The Elephant on Mars , 2019, silver, blackened silver ,
The Elephant on Mars rings by Kiko Gianocca The Elephant on Mars rings , 2019, silver, rose gold ,
Killing time earrings by Kiko Gianocca Killing time earrings , 2019, silver, rhodium plated ,
Butterfly earrings by Kiko Gianocca Butterfly earrings , 2007, blackened silver, resin, silver ,
To hold (pendants) by Kiko Gianocca To hold (pendants) , 2010, wood, silver plated ,
The Departure  by Kiko Gianocca The Departure , 2012, silver, resin, photo transfer, forex ,
Turning into by Kiko Gianocca Turning into , 2012, gold plated aluminium ,
Turning into by Kiko Gianocca Turning into , 2012, aluminium, gold and silver plated ,
Fireworks (front) by Kiko Gianocca Fireworks (front) , 2012, silver, resin, photo transfer ,
Fireworks (back) by Kiko Gianocca Fireworks (back) , 2012, silver, resin, photo transfer ,
Who are you? rings by Kiko Gianocca Who are you? rings , 2012, silver, gold ,
Onward Backward earrings by Kiko Gianocca Onward Backward earrings , 2016, nitinol ,
Onward Backward by Kiko Gianocca Onward Backward , 2016, nitinol ,
I tangled up the wool to annoy my mother by Kiko Gianocca I tangled up the wool to annoy my mother , 2016, nylon ,
Veneer  by Kiko Gianocca Veneer , 2016, wood veneer, balsawood, brass, silver ,
Veneer  by Kiko Gianocca Veneer , 2016, wood veneer, balsawood, brass, silver ,
The Elephant on Mars rings by Kiko Gianocca The Elephant on Mars rings , 2016, silver, gold ,
The Elephant on Mars rings by Kiko Gianocca The Elephant on Mars rings , 2016, aluminium, silver ,
The Elephant on Mars rings (back) by Kiko Gianocca The Elephant on Mars rings (back) , 2016, aluminium, silver ,
The Elephant on Mars rings (front) by Kiko Gianocca The Elephant on Mars rings (front) , 2016, aluminium, silver, gold ,
Anchor pendant & object by Kiko Gianocca Anchor pendant & object , 2010, glass, 18k gold, zirconia ,
Group of works by Kiko Gianocca Group of works , 2007, various materials ,
Pendant by Kiko Gianocca Pendant , 2007, silver, resin, nylon ,
Pendant by Kiko Gianocca Pendant , 2007, silver, resin, nylon ,
Skull earrings by Kiko Gianocca Skull earrings , 2007, porcelain ,
White lies (small branch) by Kiko Gianocca White lies (small branch) , 2005, porcelain, nylon ,

Exhibitions

Pareidolia

May 31 - July 2, 2016

Kiko Gianocca’s fourth solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki is titled Pareidolia, which refers to the human trait of perceiving in an object or sound a pattern or meaning that doesn’t actually exist.

On Second Thoughts

September 25 to October 20, 2012

The jewellery of Kiko Gianocca (Switzerland) and Marc Monzó (Spain) is born of a need to make sense of the temporality, connectedness and the personal.

To Hold and Be Held

April 20 to May 15, 2010

“I found a curious object in Lisbon at the fleamarket, I paid one euro for it and I still don‘t know what it is.”