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VELIA  DE IULIIS

Velia De Iuliis, born 1990 was raised in San Francisco, California where she still resides. Her paintings predominantly reflects her fascination with symmetry seen in nature, in contrast to the chaos that can be found in an urban world. She received her BFA with distinction in illustration from the California College of the Arts in 2013. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work reflects what has fascinated me throughout my life.  Themes of symmetry and patterns found in nature as well as nature itself are the avenues that both inspire and captivate me.  Science, philosophy and art are tightly bound but to better understand humanity I have to first understand the natural world we live in.  History shows us that humanity can be destructive; at times unpredictable, disloyal, selfish and cruel.  I continue to find peace and hope within the natural world where instinct is unwavering and questions are answered.  In choosing to paint flora and fauna, nature never ceases to fascinate me.  Following my instinct, I don’t plan my pieces; instead I first find facts that captivate my attention such as the complexity and lineage of a species but sometimes its their sheer beauty that inspires.  I hope that my paintings portray the wonder and constant curiosity I have for this special world, a world where creatures help me to better understand humanity. 

SHOWS

  •  Bottlerock Music Festival - Mural project (May 2015)
  • PandeaSeed Foundation Seawalls - Mural project (July 2015)
  • Into the Woods - group show - Maeght Gallery (October 15 2015)
  • Imagine Bus Project donated piece (November 2015)
  • Plenty group show - Athen B. Gallery (January 2016)
  • LA Art Fair - in partnership with AR4T Gallery (January 2016)  
  • The Riddle of the Universe solo show - AR4T Gallery (February 2016)
  • Women of the New Contemporary - gallery and mural project - Brandstater gallery (February 2016)
  • Art License for Book republication of Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Of Love and Other Demons (June 2016)
  •  Intertwined Iguanas  - 20 ft long piece (LA Playa) (July 2016)
  • As The Crow Flies - Ochi Gallery (August 2016)
  • Muses of Mount Helikon group exhibition - Helikon Gallery (November 2016)
  • Christmas Circus - group exhibition - Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Gallery (December 2016)
  • Painting Demo - Discovery Museum (Jan 2017)
  •  Solo Show - Ochi Projects LA (Dec 2017)