I was born in New York City. Growing up, I spent each summer in Italy with family and traveled widely. As a child and teenager I studied painting privately with a local artist and continued with fine arts courses in college. I received a BA in Art History from Barnard College in New York City, an MD degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York and trained in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. I completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was in private practice in Infectious Diseases for twelve years.
After leaving practice I attended courses in the Continuing Education Division of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA and the workshops of painter Timothy Hawkesworth at the Norristown Arts Building in Norristown, PA. I have been in solo and group shows in Philadelphia, PA and surroundings and my work has been collected by individuals and businesses.
My paintings and drawings move! They can be marked by charging lines and swirling colors that telegraph a sense of restlessness and disquiet, or alternatively, elation and uplift. Sometimes, the colors are muted and the lines slow; a sense of space overtakes the lines and forms, imparting a meditative quality.
For inspiration, I regularly turn to natural abstract forms such as the curl of a wave or the tangle of a thicket and use them to express an emotional and spiritual response. Guided by the way nature creates and destroys, I start with a big definitive gesture, perhaps a calligraphic sweep of black paint or large fields of color, and then layer on and scrape off paint as I go along. I dig in with pencil and charcoal and scratch out with a sharp point. The process is both spontaneous and analytical and results in the surprises and discoveries that mark any inward or outward journey of exploration.
21 Artists to Watch in 2013: From www.skinnyartist.com
We’ve often talked about how a lot of creative artists get detoured along the way. Their childhoods are often filled with art, color, and music but later when they become an adult — job and family responsibilities often put their creative life on hold. That’s not unusual. What is unusual is for one of these creative kids to go out and earn themselves a medical degree and practice medicine for over a decade before returning to their art. As you’ll soon discover, however, Pia De Girolamo is far from your typical creative artist.
Pia is not just an extremely talented abstract artist, but the sheer variety of her work is stunning. You see just beneath all of thoseabstract shapes, squiggly lines, andswirls there often lies a hidden form whispering to your subconscious mind to pay attention, that things are much more than the seem...The continual movement of lines and shapes mesmerizes the conscious mind while the subconscious quietly absorbs the simple forms beneath, which evoke an almost spiritual and meditative quality. Read more at http://skinnyartist.com/21-artists-to-watch-in-2013/
Philadelphia Inquirer, Victoria Donohoe, "A Little Science". June 26, 2009. Review of "Spring Exhibtion 2009", Lankenau Institute for Medical Research Gallery.
Montgomery County Town and Counry Living, Winter 2008 issue. Painting, "Venezia" featured in the Enjoy section, p. 10.
Review of "On My Way" by Victoria Donohoe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Montgomery County Neighbors, 9/30/07:
Pagus Gallery. Pia De Girolamo, a physician who gave up a private practice of medicine after 12 years to devote her energies to painting, shows abstract paintings at Pagus in Norristown.
These are unpremeditated acts of creation in which feeling is paramount. Using acrylic paint on paper, this Ambler artist, often working large, mingles a bold, thorough traditionalist's concern for drawing with an unusual, highly effective way of conveying the power of light and color directly.
Distinguished by broad, brushy, autographic gestures often in bright hues, her works in this strong show allow chance associations to suggest theme and image.