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 has subverted the conventions of contemporary art through concept, form, and act. In January 2006, he vanished from New York City, leaving no trace of his plans or whereabouts, only to resurface three weeks later at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen to give a lecture on his own disappearance. In 2008, he responded to the standardized brief of art fair booths by compacting a full-size passenger bus down to the six-meter width of the assigned space. Luminous Sphere (2010), a mysterious glowing orb installed on the roof of the Standard Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, lights up only when Golia is in Los Angeles. Like some sacred presence expressed in L.A. vernacular, the mysterious cipher awaits projection of meaning from the casual passerby—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); Swiss Institute, Venice (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010); Museo MaXXi, Rome (2010); Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2012); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014). Recent solo exhibitions include “Double Tumble or the Awesome Twins,” Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam (2011); “Chalet Dallas,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2015–16); “To be continued,” Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici, Rome (2016); “The painter,” Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland (2017); and “Solutions to mortality,” Ulrich Museum, Kansas (2018).
Golia participated in the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007); SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2008–9); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2008); 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013); and “Made in L.A. 2014,” the Hammer Museum’s 4th biennial.
Golia currently lives and works in Los Angeles.