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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
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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