The Walter Darby Bannard Archive

Daniela Wicki (1998)

Brochure statement for the Daniela Wicki exhibition, Schwartz & Martinez Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, March/April 1998.

In the last year Daniela Wicki has created a remarkable body of work. She has a natural instinctive understanding of nature and needs of abstract painting and a talent to complement it. Consider the liveliness of Helios, illustrated here, with its vigorous contrasts of subtlety and action, the way the yellows seem to burn from the center and how the straight-edged elements and the pearly dollops conspire to push the violent swirls of darker paint into an illusionist background. This is a good painting, skillfully done and full of feeling, and, to my eye at least, way better than most of the paintings I have seen around Miami in the last 10 years. This is a very impressive first show. Daniela Wicki seems here to be marking the debut of a rich career as an artist.