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PiaPizzo (Chronology)
         
Born in Palermo, Italy
1956  Diploma High School of Art Orsoline of San Carlo, Milano, Italy
1956  Studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Brera, Milano, Italy
1957  BFA from the Ministry of Public Instruction, Rome, Italy
1960  First Solo Exhibition, Milano, Italy
1960  Awarded First Prize at The National Drawing Competition Diomira, Milano, Italy
1964 to 1998, represented by Suzanne Bollag Galerie ( Bollag Galeries ), Zurich, Switzerland
1967 to 1969 lived and worked in New York, N.Y.
1968  Awarded a Residency at the Mac Dowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H., USA
1972  to 1994 " Basel International Art Fair  ", represented by Susanne Bollag Gallery, Zurich
1972  to 1976 lived and worked in London, England
1977  to 1982 lived and worked in Milano, Italy
1982  Moved to Long Beach, California
1984  Since 1984 she is Permanent Resident of the USA
1984  Fellowship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, N.Y.
1984  Fellowship from the California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
1985  Awarded one year residency at the Long Beach Nature Center  to  work with visually impaired and blind children  at a 5'x 8'x 14" Permanent Tactile Book  Sculpture, Long Beach, CA.  
1987  Honorable Mention at the “ Women Artist of California “, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
1988  Awarded First Prize at the XXIII National Exhibition, Capo d' Orlando, Italy
1988  Selected for a Solo Exhibition “ The Books of the Future “, for the 500 year celebration of the first printed  Jewish Bible, Soncino, Italy
1988  Sponsored by PCA to design Banners for the Centennial Celebration of the City of Long Beach, CA
1989  Awarded Artist of the Year, Distinguished Visual Artist, from the Public Corporation for the Arts, PCA, Long, Beach, CA.
1990  Personal family tragedy. Traveled extensively in Indonesia, Malesia, India
1991  Retired for a year in a Monastery, South of India
1992  Founder of SamaPress, small size, art and poetry books, limited editions, Long Beach, CA
1993  Honored by the El Dorado Nature Center in recognition of Women History Month, Long Beach, CA
1995  Lecturer at the Cal. State University, ( Art  and Technology ) “ Books as Art “, Long Beach, CA
1996  Lecturer at the Cal. State University, ( Art  and Technology ) “ Sculptural-Books “, Long Beach, CA
1997 to 2005, Instructor of Design and Visual Communication at Brooks College, Long Beach, CA.
1998  Interactive poetry workshop with poet Manazar Gamboa, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1999  Honorable Mention at the “ Digital Art in a Traditional World “, Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach
1999  Visual Coordinator for the Celebration of the Thirty Years Anniversary of the Nature Center, Parks and Recreation, Long Beach, CA.
1999  Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Long Beach, Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine, in recognition of outstanding  service for the City of Long Beach, CA.
2001  Awarded by the Public Corporation for the Arts, PCA, Individual Artist Fellowship for 2001, Long Beach, CA.
2001  Awarded Permanent Art in Public Space, City of Gardena, Gardena, CA.
2002  Biographical record in the 6th Edition of Who'sWho of American Educators, Marquis Who'sWho
2003/04/05  Biographical record in the 24th  Edition of Who'sWho of American Women, Marquis Who'sWho             .

Selected Group Exhibitions:
1988  Hands On “,  Braille Institute, Los Angeles, CA
1990  Cross Currents,bookworks from the edge of the Pacific “,  University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
1991  Cross Currents,bookworks from the edge of the Pacific “,  California State Hayward, CA
1991  Cross Currents,bookworks from the edge of the Pacific “,  Selby Gallery, Sarasota, Florida   
1992  Progetto Dioce: Concentrazione “,  Chiesa San Filippo, Torino, Italy
1993  Il Non Libro “,  Museo dell’Informazione, Senigallia, Italy
1993  Bookwork in Form “,  Beckstrand Gallery, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
1994  The Book Unbound “,  Memorial Museum, Ormond Beach, Florida
1994  The Book Unbound “ ,The Muscatine Art Museum, Iowa
1994  Beyond the Great Threshold “,  Galleria San Fedele, Milano, 1995 Orzinuovi and Perugia, Italy
1994  Cidade Imaginada “,  III Forum Brasilia de Artes Visuales, Museo de Arte de Brasilia, Brasil
1995  Beyond the Great Threshold “,  Sale del Castello di Orzinuovi, Orzinuovi, Italy
1995  Beyond the Great Threshold “,  Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Italy
1995  The Book Unbound “,  Durango Art Center, Durango, Colorado
1996  New Acquisitions “,  Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1996  Auction ‘96 “,  Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1997  Auction ‘97 “,  Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1998  Auction ‘98 “,   Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, Long Beach,  CA
1998  Post Scriptum “,  VIII Biennale Donna, Palazzo Massari, Ferrara, Italy
1999  Art as Book, Book as Art “, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, CA
1999  Ad ognuno la sua... “,  Sale del Castello di Orzinuovi, Orzinuovi, Italy
1999  Digital Art in a Traditional World “,  Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA
1999  Out West: The Artist Book in California “, The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA
1999  Auction ‘99 “, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2000  Ad ognuno la sua... “,  Castello di Torrechiara, Langhirano, Parma, Italy
2000  The Artful Book “,  Pico Rivera Center for the Arts, Pico Rivera, CA
2001  Art Auction IX “,  Long Beach Museum of Art and Phoenix, Long Beach, CA
2001  Book Art Show “,  Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA
2001  SOCalledBooks “,  New York Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.
2002  Visual  Icons “, John Furlong Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin
2002  SOCalledBooks “,  J.Willard Marriot Library, Rare Book Collection, University of Utah,  Salt Lake City
2002  SOCalledBooks “,  Charles E. Young Research Library &Special Collection, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2003  Art Auction X “,  Long Beach Museum of Art and Phoenix, Long Beach, CA
2004  The Book Unbound Redux “  Art Library, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado
2004  Shakespeare as Muse “ Schneider Museum Of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon
2004  Transformations “  University of Judaism, Platt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005  Art Auction XI “,  Long Beach Museum of Art  and Phoenix, Long Beach, CA
2005  Exceptionally Scaled Artists Books”,  K&J Kellogg Art Gallery, CSP Polytechnic Pomona CA
2006  Una Datazione Particolare ”, Paolo Romani Private Art Gallery, Castelbellino (Ancona), Italy
2007  Wood *  Paper *  Symbol ”,  Curated by Mark Johnstone, The Wood Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
2007  Black/White ( and Read ) ”, Curated by Gloria  Helfgott, The Center for Book Arts, New York, N.Y.    
2007  Black/White ( and Read ) ”, Curated by Gloria  Helfgott, The Center for Book Arts, San Francisco, CA
2007  Art Auction XII“,  Long Beach Museum of Art  and Phoenix, Long Beach, CA
2008  Black/White ( and Read ) ”, Curated by Gloria Helfgott, University of W. England, Bristol, U.K.
2008  Black/White ( and Read ) ”, Curated by Gloria Helfgott,    Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis
2008  Art Auction XIV “,  Long Beach Museum of Art and Phoenix, Long Beach, CA
2008  Leaves: Pages from Artists ” , Curated by Jean Clad, Utopia Fine Art, Long Beach, CA
2008  Reunion, A Group Show of Small Works ”, Curated by Jean Clad, Utopia Fine Art, Long Beach, CA
2008  New West Coast Design: Books ” , The Center for Book Arts, San Francisco, CA
2010  Building by the Book “, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2010   “ A Light in the Shadow-Decade of Art by Women “, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
     
Pia Pizzo’s Artwork are in Museums, Private Collections and Archives in USA, Europe, Brazil and Taiwan

Artist Statement:

Since the early seventies my research has led me to a continual exploration of the book as Art form.

In my books or pages the tactile values of materials are found in each and every sheet of paper that is torn and worked upon with such patient care to uncover the innermost fibers, to feel its textures, its porosity, the very tissue of its surface.

The non-books or rather the non-readable books that I contemplate, as extension of the perspective of both mind and memory, set out to recount a happening, a state of affairs or a journey within the page or through the pages.  The page is therefore the chosen setting for any hypothetical adventure you may embark upon or any hypothetical message you may be seeking, thus the blank page represents the virgin void of mental space.

The progressive cutting, the virtual inter-framing between one page and another unfolds with kinetic rhythm as you turn the pages, so these books become the arena within which to unwind your mind rather than the stage for grasping codified messages.

My tearing the paper is never the outcome of an aggressive approach but occurs from studied feeling and touching, from physical contact with both the material and reality at the same time, as a step towards thinking once again in tactile terms.

The importance of the fluid element in my art, conform to the Taoist view of the Universe as a place of absolute flux, movement and vitality and, at the same time, of adaptation to circumstances. Yielding and fluidity are interactive as a continuous indivisible, essential expression of the absolute attaining harmony between the visible world and the greater reality.

Symbols and diagrams are sometime used to explain, through the golden proportions and sacred geometry, the relationships that exist within Human Nature and the Universe.
The mythical representation of the Symbols represents the many complex aspects of reality.
The Symbol is the psychological mechanism that goes beyond limitations, as a tool to transform Energy. C.G.Jung:On Psychic Energy

When I start a work of art, there is an empty space, a void, and I search how to balance form with emptiness. The shapes are so integrally related to his empty space giving the feeling of marvelous Void, because Void is a dynamic entity.

The Non-Books and pages without words are focused only on the light and shadows created in the empty spaces of their construction. My work is comprised with natural light, which cause the pieces to vibrate as the light change through the course of the day. As well as the awareness of the unknown phantoms of exploration, my work demands the music of silence.

Pia Pizzo Long Beach, California 2008

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