Marietta
Gullotti

Biography / Exhibitions

Photos: Peter Friedli

1931

On 19th July Marietta Gullotti was born in Berne, Switzerland

 

1951

graduated with her teaching licence from the teacher-training college

 

1957–1963

Further education in Art: a one-year course at the Berne School of Art; then training in engraving at Atelier 17 in Paris under Stanley William Hayter; this was followed by training at Max von Mülenen's school for painters in Berne

 

1961, 1962 and 1963

During these years Marietta Gullotti painted mainly schematic figures; she received the Swiss Federal Art Scholarship three times running

 

1961

Exhibited at the Swiss Art Exhibition held by the Lucerne Museum of Art, receiving favourable critique for her Personaggi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1963

Scholarship exhibition at the Kunsthaus in Aarau, Switzerland

 

1964

Stayed part of the winter in Paris. Discovered her environment. Back in Berne Marietta Gullotti created a series of paintings of fruit and vegetables; these works were first exhibited at the Kunstraum in Burgdorf, Switzerland, in 1988

 

Critical discussion was positive: view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1966

During Autumn Marietta Gullotti began to paint Africans: oil paintings in black, white and silver, the motifs of which were taken from photographs

 

1970/71

Marietta Gullotti worked for a longer period in a care centre for children affected by cerebral palsy. Following this, she travelled in Ghana and the Ivory Coast for two and a half months, gathering photographic material to use as a basis for further painting

 

1973

Exhibition entitled I am not Uncle Tom in the Berner Galerie in Berne

 

1975

A two-month trip to Mexico. Marietta Gullotti is impressed by Maya art and the energy, beauty and expressiveness of these works.

On her return to Berne the artist devotes her energy to drawings.

 

1979

a prolonged stay in Jerusalem and a trip into the Sinai area, leading to the production of tempera landscapes

 

1980

As an artist-guide for a holiday group Marietta Gullotti travelled to the Indonesian island of Bali. Until 2000 she worked for Baumeler Active Holidays as a tourist guide and art teacher.

 

Exhibition in the Galerie zur Ringmauer in Murten, Switzerland.

 

The critique in the Bernese newspaper Berner Zeitung was positive: view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981

Marietta Gullotti travelled to Bali for a second time. Exposure to Bali culture proved to enrich her own work

 

1982

Studio exhibition in Berne

 

1983

First trip to India to the Ashram of Sai Baba who then becomes her master. The philosophy of the non-dual vision of the Vedanta world will from now on be essential in her work

 

 

1984

Exhibition of the Sinai paintings in the Galerie zur Ringmauer in Murten, Switzerland.

The Bernese newspaper Der Bund reported on it: view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1987

Parallel to a studio exhibition of her first India paintings, Marietta began to withdraw further from the "the Art trade" in an attempt to continue along her artistic way free of current artistic influences

 

1988

Second trip to Puttaparthi and to Sai Baba. She photographs the extraordinary  landscape that has become the most relevant topic in her painting although she keeps  working on portraits

 

1991

Studio exhibition in Berne

 

1992

A 2-month trip through southern India. She meets Sai Baba and Swami Premananda,  who then becomes an additional master for her. More trips to India in the years to  follow

 

1996 and 2004

Marietta Gullotti travelled to Mexico, where she met with her cousin Pedro Gullotti. These trips rendered further drawings. In 1997, dissatisfied with her earlier African works, she burnt most of them and started from scratch to re-create them. In an intensive work phase she produced works depicting, for the most part, women and children

 

2001

Exhibition of her works centred on the theme The World of Pictures and Pictures of the World in the gallery Forum Rubigen

 

2001

In October, twenty years after her last trip to Bali, she visited the Island once again

 

2005

Studio exhibition

 

2011

Mahasamadhi the Master

 

2012

Last trip to India to be present at the inauguration of the temple for Swami Premananda and to Samadhi, the resting place for Sai Baba

 

 

Marietta Gullotti currently lives and works in Berne, Switzerland

 

Photo: Steffan Biffiger 2015