The Swiss artist lives in Zurich. She attended the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Zurich from 1995 to 1999, was assistant lecturer at the Video Section, ETH Architecture, Zurich from 1997 to 1999 and has been lecturer at the Art/Elective Section, ETH Architecture, Zurich since 2014.
Zilla Leutenegger is best known for her unmistakable style of drawing, which consists of clear, bold strokes and strong colour accents. Dried acrylic paint droplets tell the story of the drawing's genesis and are often incorporated into the painting. The artist usually works simultaneously in her various media. Therefore the works on paper and the video installation can often be read as individual scenes or chapters of a larger whole. The connecting element between the different works is often a person, an object, a chair or a library. From the Eames Bird chair to the contemporary fashion of Lela Scherrer - design appears again and again in Zilla Leutenegger's works. The artist celebrates individual moments of everyday life that, when viewed separately, develop an unexpected poetry. Directness and spontaneity are evident in every drawn line and projected surface with which the artist dissects a fictional life.
Galerie Peter Kilchmann