Anna Gili is an artist and designer who is characterized and distinguishes herself through her particularly strong Renaissance roots from her homeland Umbria, which are expressed and come to fruition in her academic-professional-artistic approach.
Her training came about through the impact that the Milanese culture of design had on her, and which Anna has been intensively involved in since 1983.
Her reasoning about projects is holistic, and she travels systemically in cross-cultural empathy through disciplines such as art , fashion, comics , interior design and architecture.
The origins of Anna Gili’s path reflect the influence of those multiple creative worlds, which have led her to express herself through performances and avant-garde creations like “Abito sonoro” – “Sonorous garment” (1984), “Persone dipinte” – Painted Persons” (1986) and “Vestito di fiori” – “Flower Dress” (1987), which later became the base for the first important pillars of her work like the “Tonda” armchair and the “Cro” vase.
For Anna, the objects that surround us are anything but neutral and impersonal , and participate in life, they are interactive and help us to maintain ties with the world and our own imagination.
And remind us, through their symbolism and charisma, of our childhood, and even further back, into ancient times. Her constant and intense research has led her to the genesis of her own zoosemiotic universe, and an engineering-like use of colour in decor & interior design.
She has been involved in numerous design exhibitions in Italy and abroad, in particular: the Galleria Kaess Weiss in Stuttgart, Museum Alchimya in Milan, Expo in Taejon in Korea, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Louisiana Revy museum in Denmark, at the Ubersee-Museum in Bremen, at the PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art, at the Milan Triennale, at the Denver Art Museum, at the Mewgaton Athens Concert Hall, at the Warehouses in the SEIBU Giappone, at the IMA Indianapolis (Museum of Art), Seoul Arts Center Museum.
In 1989 she has opened a studio in Milan.
Since 1989 the Studio Gili works for leading companies in the furniture and home furnishings.
Her clients are:
Alessi, Byblos, Bisazza mosaics, Baroque Timber Industries (Zhongshan) LTD., Cappellini, Cassina, Dornbracht, IDA Art Center Seoul, Nicolis Cola Jewelry, Ritzenhoff, Salviati, Slamp, Swarovski, Swatch, TDK Europe knows, Trend, Mosaici, Valcucine.
Anna Gili also produces collections of objects and furniture for Memphis limited editions, CVM (Murano Glassmaking Company), Atala, Carlo Poggio Design and Artbeat.
Anna Gili is the Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan (Faculty of Design) and in the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. She had the coordination of instruction for the school of design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona from 2003 to 2007, where she taught design from 2003 to 2012.
In 1991 She prepared the didactic plan for the foundation of the design school at the N.A.B.A. (New Academy of Fine Arts of Milan) where she taught design from 1991 to 1996.