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With ancestral roots in Italy, Pia De Girolamo, is an accomplished painter living and working in the Philadelphia area. This exhibition marks the first time that she will be exhibiting her work in Rome, Italy, a “home away from home” during childhood. She will be presenting Mountain Series, a collection of large-scale paintings based on abstracted mountain landscapes and geologic forms.
De Girolamo has traveled all over the world, visiting mountainous regions and places with dramatic geological formations including Iceland, the American Southwest and Patagonia. In her first international exhibit, she will be showing twenty paintings on canvas that draw inspiration from these locations letting their massive forms, surrounding emptiness, and the sense of gravity dictate her use of color and shape. Her work is influenced by the American Modernists of the first half of the 20th century including Milton Avery, Georgia O’Keefe and Marsden Hartley. While some paintings refer to real places, others spring from composite memories of shapes or vistas. All are a record of what is of the essence in these landscapes.
Invited by Lorenzo Zichichi, President of the Centro Studi Delle Opere di Umberto Mastroianni in the Musei di San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome, Italy, De Girolamo will exhibit her work from October 17 to November 1, 2018, in the Museo Mastroianni, located within the Musei di San Salvatore in Lauro, in the Piazza di San Salvatore in Lauro, in Rome, Italy. The museum is acquiring one of her works for their permanent collection.
Housed in a former convent, the Musei di San Salvatore in Lauro is a multi-function exhibition space which shows work by established and emerging artists as well as housing the art publishing house Casa Editrice Il Cigno and the permanent collections of the internationally prominent sculptors, Umberto Mastroianni and Emilio Greco.
A painter, Pia De Girolamo has had eleven solo exhibitions, most recently at 3rd Street Gallery and Cerulean Arts Gallery in Philadelphia, and has shown extensively in group exhibitions regionally. De Girolamo has a BA in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MD degree from the University of Rochester. She lectures on the relationship between art and medicine as well as the connections between art, nature, and health. Her awarded work has been acquired for collections by PNC Bank and Thomas Jefferson University and has been highlighted in Hollywood feature films.