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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

GINA PIERLEONI

GINA PIERLEONI

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Artist Work

#302, #304 & #306
2019
oil, acrylioc, graphite and colored pencil on paper
30"x22"
Meet Carla
2019
acrylic and graphite on paper
30"x15"
Gina Pierleoni: What Makes Us (Us) installation view
2018
mixed media on paper mounted on wooden panels
22"x7"-12"x1.5"
Gina Pierleoni: What Makes Us (Us) detail
2018
mixed media on paper mounted on wooden panels
22"x9"-10"x1.5" per panel
Lamentation
2018
acrylic, ink and graphite on paper
27"x36
1000 Reasons
2017
acrylic, pastel and graphite onpaper
72"x41"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
443-987-8756
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

I use portraiture to spark conversations about empathy and our common humanity. Portrait painting demands curiosity, stillness and deep observation. These images are acts of deep seeing, pushing past label and judgments; they "de-separate" us. My paintings are multi-layered: drawn, painted, scratched into, stamped and stenciled under, over and through the surfaces. I am painting from the inside out to convey the emotional fabric of someone, in addition to how they look. These are real people, alive, changing, genuine and vulnerable.” The Baltimore Sun described my figures as “gloriously human…there's nothing between them and you to keep them from meeting you head-on. It's hard to get too much of an artist who can convey a sense of self-acceptance and strength even in the knowledge of weakness and fallibility.”

Artist Bio

M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Mt. Royal School of Painting
B.F.A., College of New Rochelle (NY)
Gina Pierleoni is a mixed media artist who has received numerous awards including three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, one from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and two nominations to participate in The Florence Biennale. In 2011, she was recognized as a ‘Hero in the MICA Community’. Pierleoni received Recognition of Scholarly and Creative Publications from HCC six times, most recently in 2019. In addition to exhibitions, Pierleoni is involved as a creative consultant (venues have included Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum and 14kt. Cabaret),.

In 2018, Gina Pierleoni wrote and directed her first performance, 'Making Conversation' at Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Pierleoni has been an Adjunct Professor at Harford Community College since 1996 (Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media). From 2007-2013, she served as an adjunct at TAI Sophia Institute of Transformative Leadership and Social Change in Laurel, MD. She leads traveling Cultivating Creativity workshops, making the creative process accessible to audiences beyond the art community.

Pierleoni's work is represented in more than 150 public and private collections in the U.S., China, Germany and Canada including Golden Artist Colors.