Gianna Dispenza’s works range from group scenes of bathers, lovers, athletes and politicians, to the sturdy gaze of the female sitter. The American-born, London–based artist often draws inspiration from newspaper clippings and historical narratives, such as the female sitter, transforming and challenging tropes from the Western canon with raw and textured brushwork, large gauzy charcoal renderings, or sumptuously entwined sculptures.
Dispenza studied sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute in California and painting at the Royal College of Art in London.
Since finishing her BFA in 2014 and MA in 2020, Dispenza has exhibited at galleries and institutions in London, New York, Vienna, Como, Beirut, Saint Moritz, Daejeon, San Francisco, and Étretat. Recent solo shows include Soft Blots Beneath the Sun, Charles Moffett Gallery, NY (2022), The Sitter, Natasha Arselan Gallery, London (2022), Residency One, Galleria Ramo, IT (2021), and Overcome by Joy, Charles Moffett Gallery, NY (2021) and group shows at The Stable, St Moritz (2022), Art Verona (2021) Konig London (2021), FOLD Gallery (2020), and The Victoria and Albert Museum (2019).