PIERO GOLIA, Intermission painting #5 red to gold, 2014, EPS foam, hard coat and pigment, 95 × 50 × 9 inches (241.3 × 127 × 22.9 cm). Photo by Josh White
Piero Golia was born in 1974 in Naples, Italy. From the outset of his career, 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 14, 2006, he vanished from New York City, leaving no documented proof of his whereabouts. He reappeared the morning of February 7 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’ x 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.
Golia’s work has been shown in major exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including “Uncertain States of America—American Art in the 3rd Millennium,” Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); “The Gold Standard,” P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2007); “Vesuvius,” Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); “The Nothing and the Being,” Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2009); “Double Tumble or the Awesome Twins,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2010); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2010); “Artist's Museum,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010–11); “Premio Italia,” Museo MaXXi, Rome (2011); “Made in L.A.,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); and “Piero Golia: Chalet Dallas,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2015). Golia's work was included in the 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013). He founded the Los Angeles-based Mountain School of Arts with Eric Wesley in 2005.
Golia lives and works in Las Angeles.