In The Memory of Dominique Appia

Dominique Appia (29 July 1926 – 8 January 2017) was a Swiss painter from Geneva.


Dominique Appia began painting at the age of 40, as an autodidact.The artist signed several wall decorations, including the ceiling of Victoria Hall, in Geneva, in 1987. He had repainted this ceiling after the fire of 1984. The fresco which appears there extends the auditorium.

The general public liked the figurative works of this self-taught painter with meticulous design and dreamlike breath. Dominique Appia transfigured his city in a pictorial register close to surrealism.

His most appreciated

Dominique Appia entre les trous de la memoire

Dreamlike compositions

In addition to acrylic paintings, Dominique Appia has also produced theater and opera sets, exhibition posters and illustrations. Elements of his birthplace, the harbor, the Salève, the Saint-Pierre cathedral or the water jet, appear in his often dreamlike compositions.

In 2013, Dominique Appia published "Geneva. Loving and sentimental guide for the curious", published by Slatkine. A documentary film directed by Nasser Bakhti was dedicated to him in 2015.

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