Gemma Gené is an architect and visual artist from Barcelona, Spain, based in New York. She moved to the United States to earn a Master in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University. In 2014 immediately upon graduation she joined Steven Holl Architects until she focused on developing her artistic studio work.
She previously obtained a degree in architecture at La Salle University in Barcelona, Spain, and expanded her education in Architecture and Fine Art at Escola da Cidade, São Paulo, Brazil and University of California Berkeley. She is an award-winning painter and published illustrator. Her work focuses on wrapped objects and foil balloons. The series “unapologetic paintings” is a collection of realistic paintings and drawings of wrapped objects. In this series the object is hidden and the only thing showing it is it’s skin or it’s wrapping and it can only be revealed by the user’s imagination. She relies on urban art as a way to make her work accessible. Part of her three-dimensional work shares her architectural language and is a study of volume and geometry using stone, concrete and 3D print. Her work has been shown in New York at the Accessible Art Fair, The Rush Arts Gallery and Figment NYC amongst others, Barcelona and Madrid.
She is best known for her online comic 157ofgemma where she narrates in an ironic fashion her life with her inseparable pug Mochi that has a very strong following on social media.
Her work has been published in many books, and online blogs like Artnet, Archdaily, The Jealous Curator, Blouin Art and Desgin Taxi amongst others.
Superfine!, New York, May 2017
Group show, “Camino a Sefarad”, Madrid, 2016
Art Fair, Accessible Art Fair, National Arts Club, NY, November 1-25 2016
Group show, Bombay Artisan Series semi finalist, Rush Arts, NY, 2016
Solo Show,”Coses que penso mentre faig gaspatxo” (what I think while I make gazpacho), Palo Alto Fundation, Barcelona, 2016
Group exhibition , Curated by Shawn James, The Greenpoint Gallery, NY, 2016
Group Film Festival, Elvis Zapp Film Festival, Curated by EZUFF, Spectrum Space, NY, 2015
Solo Exhibition, GSAPP FS//SS Noodloo, Curated by Imagination Space, Imagination Space, New York, NY, 2014, Group Project (Gabriel Calatrava, Eileen Chen, Gemma Gené, Dan Luo, Madeeha Merchant, Rashad Palmer, Rebecca Riss, Anna Vander, Margaux Young, Jenny Yuan Lin)
Solo Exhibition, GSAPP FS//SS Noodloo, Curated by Figment, New York, NY, 2014, Group Project (Gabriel Calatrava, Eileen Chen, Gemma Gené, Dan Luo, Madeeha Merchant, Rashad Palmer, Rebecca Riss, Anna Vander, Margaux Young, Jenny Yuan Lin)
Group exhibition, visual arts, Curated by Columbia University, Prentis Hall, New York, NY., 2013.
Group exhibition, AAD GSAPP studio, Curated by Bernard Tschumi, Avery Hall, New York, NY., 2013
“New York’s Pedestrianization”, Paisea Landscape Architecture Magazzine, Summer 2014, Valencia, Spain “Every day of class”, The Federalist, October 2010 New York, NY. Back Cover.
“Warrants for torents” article written by Sam Arons, Columbia Politics Review. Fall 2013 New York, NY. Cover and p.18.
“Sports Economics” article written by Zachariah Reitano, Columbia Economics Review. Spring 2013 New York, NY. p.4.
“Pregaming the Tequila Crisis” article written by Asher Hecht, Columbia Economics Review. Spring 2013 New York, NY. p.22.
“Grounding Art Perception in Action” article written by Matthew Schelkes, Columbia Science Review. Fall 2013 New York, NY. P.10
“The Food Allergy Conundrum” article written by Diane Wang, Columbia Science Review. Fall 2013 New York, NY. P.10
“El examen de matemáticas” by Miguel Matesanz, Published by Edebé, Barcelona, Spain 2011.
“Lizzard’s tail soup” by Marta Gené, Published by Edebe, 2009, Barcelona, Spain.
“Història de la vida d’Alcarras” by Manel Camps Clemenete. Edited by Ajuntament d’Alcarras I pagès edicions, Barcelona, Spain 2003. p.73
“New York’s Pedestrianization”, Paisea Landscape Architecture Magazzine, Summer 2014, Valencia, Spain
Grants and Awards
Semi finalist 2016 Bombay Artisan Series
First prize 2013 Canvas Artist Series Contest for the Canvas Wines Cabernet Sauvignon label, Chicago, IL.
Second prize in the international contest for the design of the façade of the Pyrinées Department Store, Andorra.