Gabriella Imperatori-Penn (Swiss, b.1963) is a fine art photographer. Turning her lens to objects of overt yet simple beauty - colorful birds, delicate flowers, polished obsidian, a bright harvest moon - the artist undercuts seemingly uncomplicated still life and landscape scenes with a disquieting aura that hints at alternative narratives. In this way, Imperatori-Penn recasts perfunctory beauty as something peculiar, alluring, and nuanced.
Her talent for capturing complex beauty is reflected in many of her high profile fashion campaigns for luxury brands including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Cartier. Her photography has appeared in major international publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest to name a few. In March 2020, Imperatori-Penn's photography placed first in the juried exhibition Heart Goes Nine hosted by the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts curated by art historian, J. Sybylla Smith. Her work and career were recently selected to be showcased as an up-and-coming female artist-to-watch by international media platform Art She Says. Imperatori-Penn currently lives and works in Jersey City.
Awards & Honors
2020 - First prize @ Heart Goes Nine (juried) hosted by the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts curated by art historian, J. Sybylla Smith
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2020 - Architectural Digest Design Show, New York, NY
2020 - Luminous Stones & Shadow Stones (abbreviated) curated by Kristina Huntington, New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 - Hearts Gone Wild curated by J. Sybylla Smith, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI
2019 - Winter Show 2019 | St Barths, Space Gallery St Barth, Gustavia, St Barthélemy
2019 - Art She Says, Space Gallery St Barth, New York, NY
2019 - St Barth in the City, Space Gallery St Barth, New York, NY
2017 - Photo London 2017, Steven Kasher Gallery, London, UK
2017 - An Introduction to Photography, Space Gallery St Barth, Gustavia, St Barthélemy
2016 - Summer Selections, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY