Karla Marchesi was born in Brisbane in 1984 and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. In 2004 the artist graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and later in 2007 received her Honours in Fine Art from the College. During her undergraduate studies in 2003 Marchesi received the Philip Bacon Galleries Prize for Excellence in Drawing which allowed the artist to study for a semester at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the United States.

Marchesi’s visual arts practice explores relationships forged with domestic objects and spaces, and how the aesthetic depiction of these establishes subliminal connections to past places, rituals and memories. Since graduating from The Queensland College of Art with the University Medal for academic excellence and the Honours Thesis Prize (Art Theory), Marchesi has had numerous solo shows in Australia, exhibiting in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.  In 2012 she undertook a studio residency at Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin. Following this Marchesi made her international solo debut with the exhibition entitled, Every moment lives together (2013) at Kunsthalle M3, Berlin, Germany. She has since participated in a number of international group exhibitions.

In 2013 Marchesi received an Australia Council for the Arts Early Career New Work Grant.  In 2012 she was awarded the inaugural Wilson Visual Arts Award and in 2010 she attained 1st Prize in the Redland Art Awards. Her work features in a number of public collections such as The University of Queensland, Southern Downs Regional Art Collection, Stanthorpe, Redcliffe City Gallery and Pine Rivers Shire Gallery.

Karla Marchesi is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne.