Piero Golia, Intermission painting #4 red to gold, 2014, EPS foam, hard coat and pigment, 48 × 38 × 8 1/2 inches (121.9 × 96.5 × 21.6 cm). Photo by Josh White
From the outset of his career, Piero Golia’s principal focus has been the theatrical and the conceptual in art, specifically supreme gestures and the completion of seemingly impossible acts. On January 14th, 2006, he vanished from New York City, leaving no documented proof of his whereabouts. He reappeared the morning of February 7th at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen to give a lecture about his adventure. In 2008, he compacted a full–size passenger bus to fit into a 10’ × 20’ booth at the Los Angeles Art Fair. Luminous Sphere (2010), a mysterious glowing orb installed on the roof of the Standard Hotel, lights up only when Golia is in Los Angeles, both acknowledging his own presence and as an appropriation of what he calls “the sign language of L.A.,” such as the billboards of Sunset Boulevard and the Hollywood Sign, acts as a mysterious cipher for the projection of meaning to the casual passerby—and thus a contemporary urban legend is born.
Piero Golia was born in 1974 in Naples, Italy. His work has been shown in major exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including Museo di Castel Sant’ Elmo, Naples (2000); National Gallery, Albania (2001); Fondazione Olivetti, Rome (2002); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2004); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2005); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); Istituto Svizzero, Venice (2009); MoCA, Los Angeles (2010); Museo MaXXi, Rome, Italy (2010); Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2012); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014). Recent solo exhibitions include “La Folie de la Villa Médicis,” Académie de France, Rome (2002); “Loser,” Statements Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair, Miami (2003); “Double Tumble or the awesome twins,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); and “Chalet Dallas,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2015).
Golia's work was included in the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013. He founded the Los Angeles–based Mountain School of Arts with Eric Wesley in 2005.
Golia currently lives and works in Los Angeles.