I’m Gelvis

Elvira Giannattasio, known as GELVIS, was born in Naples in 1974.

She has been a professor at the IED, Istituto Europeo di Design, in Rome, and has collaborated with advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising), various companies (Kimbo Caffè, Acqua Ferrarelle, Marinella Napoli, Forte Village Resort) publishers (Sperling & Kupfer, Rcs, Mondadori, Hachette Rusconi) newspapers and magazines (Corriere della Sera, il Manifesto, Kult Magazine, Psicologia Contemporanea, IO DONNA) .

She has been focusing for some years on an exciting, all-round study on women’s universe in painting, in design and in fashion.

In 2012 she created ballerinegelvis, a range of hand-painted flats and fashion accessories, branded GELVISDESIGN.

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“Like a painter, the illustrator Gelvis tells reality through images and emotions.”


“They are the “Resilient Women”, who inspire and give hope.”


“Folklore nostrum. Precious, ballerinagelvis.”


“The purchase of my copy of the “Donna di Cagliari” from the “Resilient Women” series was a very pleasant experience, like a chat between friends.
Furthermore, the print was packaged with great care, arriving at its destination in perfect condition! Thanks Gelvis.”