Piero Golia is an Italian born conceptual artist working across a variety of platforms. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
At Art Basel in 2017, he realised the kinetic sculpture ‘The Painter’, a motion sensitive robot programmed to paint abstract geometric forms onto eight large canvases when visitors moved in the exhibition space. The resulting works, now known as ‘the Basel Paintings’ (2017) act as a record of this event. In 2013 he opened Chalet, an underground Hollywood speakeasy (later restaged as Chalet Dallas at the Nasher Sculpture Center in 2015) that was conceived as a space combining architecture, entertainment. In 2008, Golia was invited to participate in the Art LA fair; his contribution was to completely fill a booth with a full-sized passenger bus that had been dramatically crushed by bulldozers to fit the dimensions of the exhibition space. Since 2005, Golia and the artists Eric Wesley and Richard Jackson began the Mountain graduate school which centres on talks and seminars led by visiting artists and curators. Over the past fifteen years, the program's guest faculty have included Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Simone Forti, Dan Graham, Mark Grotjahn, Pierre Huyghe, Catherine Opie, Jeff Wall, and many others.
His solo exhibitions include Solutions to Mortality at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, Kansas (2018); The Painter at the Kunsthaus Basel and, Basel (2017), La Stagione Romana (continued) at the Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici, Rome (2016), Chalet Dallas at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas (2015–16), and Double tumble (or the awesome twins) at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2011).