Giulia Piera Livi

Giulia Piera Livi is an emerging interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia, now living and working in Baltimore City. Her work in painting and instillation is an investigation of interior space and design, focusing on form and function. Giulia is a Visiting Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (St. Mary’s City, MD). She earned a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Penn State University (2015) and an M.F.A. in Multidisciplinary Arts from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art (2017).

Giulia has exhibited both nationally and internationally with solo shows at School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD) and Patterson Gallery (University Park, PA), with an upcoming solo show at Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA). Other exhibition locations include Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD), Woskob Family Gallery (State College, PA), Philadelphia Sketch Club (Philadelphia, PA), Meyerhoff Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Edwin W. Zoller Gallery (University Park, PA), Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center (Philadelphia, PA), Underground Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and the Trocadero Theatre (Philadelphia, PA). Giulia has a passion for mural work, as a former employee of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Art@Work Baltimore, and has participated in international mural collaborations (Florence, Italy). She is a 2017 Bethesda Contemporary Art Trawick Finalist, and a 2017 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist.


I interpose objects of the everyday to distort our sense of space, explore our ability to inhabit rooms, and merge the dreamlike with the rigid. My geometric objects and paintings focus on materiality to investigate light, form, and the weirdly functional. My work focuses on the acute and the polite, the domestic and the utilitarian.

This question of domesticity comes from a curiosity of the curated home space, how the imperfections of home life can conflict with the polish of interior design. By creating immersive environments for my paintings and objects, I present the viewer with the oddities of precision and practicality. Through this spectacle of abstraction and accessibility, I aim to figure out the artist’s role in a society with an aspiration to be modern.

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