Piero Golia

Piero Golia is a conceptual artist based in Los Angeles. His work is defined by “constant accuracy” and humor. As artist, organizer, teacher, innovator, and catalyst for broad experimentation in culture, Piero Golia celebrates the paradox of seriousness and its impossibility. The artist first gained international recognition with a work titled “Tattoo” (2001) in which the artist convinced a woman to have his portrait tattooed onto her back above a tattooed scroll bearing the caption “Piero, My Idol.” Following an invitation to the Tirana Biennale, he rowed across the Adriatic Sea in the opposite direction to migratory movement to reach Albania (Going to Tirana, 2001) becoming the first illegal Italian immigrant in Albania. In 2004 his feature film Killer Shrimps was selected for the Venice Film Festival. The film is a behind the scenes view of a documentary that was never executed because of unforeseen circumstances. In a true tantrum of despotic legacy Golia climbed up a giant palm tree at the Turin Art Fair and refused to come down until someone bought his work (On the edge, 2000). Hi first solo museum exhibition “Double Tumble or the Awesome Twins,” was presented at the Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam in 2010. In 2005, Piero Golia and Eric Wesley founded The Mountain School of Arts, an educational institution that aims to become a new spot on the cultural map of the city of LA. Piero Golia Born in 1974 in Naples, Italy Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.