Kiko Gianocca

bague or rose et argent

bague or et argent

Veneer Theory, Balsa, Silver,

Collier or et argent


born in Bellinzona, Switzerland, 1974
lives & works in Lugano, Switzerland

Graziano (Kiko) Gianocca studied gold and silversmithing at the Art Institute CFP in Florence, graduating with a bachelor in fine arts in 1999. From 2000–2001 he studied in the invited student program at the Escola Massana in Barcelona.
From 2003 to 2008 Kiko lived in Melbourne, where he completed his master degree at RMIT University (2003-2004) and where he also taught from 2004 until 2007. In 2006 he won the Emerging Artists Grant from the Australian Government. After returning to Switzerland in 2008 he won the Swiss Design Prize and in 2014 he won the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. His work has been exhibited around the world and collected by Australian National Galleries in Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide, as well as at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and MUDAC in Lausanne.
Since 2015 he is one of the ideators and curators of Artificio, the project devoted to value the work of designers in Ticino.

2002–2003 Master of Fine Art RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2000–2001 Invited student Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain
1997–1999 Bachelor of Fine Art Art Institute CFP, Florence,Italy

Galerie ViceVersa, Lausanne, Switzerland
Galerie So, London, UK & Solothurn, Switzerland
Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany
Verzameld Werk, Gent, Belgium
Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia

Pinakothek der Moderne, Danner Collection, Munich
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane
National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
MUDAC, Lausanne
CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (Netherlands)

Prizes and Awards
2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery
2008 Swiss Federal Design Grant, Swiss Federal Office of Culture
2006 Emerging Artists Grant, Australian Council for the Arts

2010 Sydney College of the Arts, By Example The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Japan
2009 Losche Wofgang, Schmuck 2009 GHM-Gesellschaft fur Handwerksmessen, Munich
2008 Lim Andy, The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers Darling Publications, Cologne
Losche Wofgang, Schmuck 2008 GHM-Gesellschaft fur Handwerksmessen, Munich
Mälk Kadri, JUST MUST Arnoldsche Art Publishers

Solo Exhibitions
2017 The Elephant on Mars, Galerie Viceversa, Lausanne
2016 Pareidolia, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne
2013 Ends Meet , Gallery ViceVersa, Lausanne, Switzerland
2012 On second thoughts (with Marc Monzo), Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia
2010 To hold and be held, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia
2008 Wittenbrink zeigt Schmuck, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany
2007 Things Hold Together, Galerie al 65, Vilanova i la Geltrù, Spain
        Things Hold Together, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne Australia
2005 White Lies, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne Australia

Group Exhibitions
2017 Nomination Swiss Federal Design Grant, Basel
2016 Everyday Epics, Kunstpavilion, Munich
2016 Open Space – Mind Maps, Nationalmuseum Design
at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm
2016 Artificio, Limonaia di Villa Saroli, Lugano
2015 Lux is the dealer, Kunstpavilion, Munich
2014 Multiple Exposures, Museum for Art and Design, New York
2014 Mari Funaki Award Exhibition, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne
2014 Bonzo Gonzo, Projektraum J. Baumeister, Munich
2013 Schmuck, Internationalen Handwerksmesse, Munich
2013 Design Bijou Suisse, Fondation Suisse, Paris
2012 Unexpected Pleasures, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2012 Mirror Mirror, Galerie Solidor, Cagnes Sur Mer (France) and
London Design Museum, London
2011 Jewellery Unleashed!, Museum Modern Art,
Arnhem (Netherlands) and Museum Bellerive, Zurich
2010 By Example, Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami (Japan)
2009 Schmuck, Internationalen Handwerksmesse, Munich
2009 Criss&Cross - Design Made in Switzerland,
Travelling exhibition, China & Japan
2008 Swiss Federal Design Grants Exhibition, Bellerive, Zurich
2008 Schmuck, Internationalen Handwerksmesse, Munich
2008 Just Must, Estonian History Museum, Tallin
2008 Criss&Cross - Design Made in Switzerland,
Travelling exhibition, China & Japan
2006 Colin & Cicely Rigg Design Award, National Gallery of
Victoria, Melbourne
2003 Art Jewellery in Switzerland in the 20th Century,
Museo Vela, Ligornetto (Switzerland)