Artist Bio & Statement

 

Artist Statement

For me, an unstoppable collector of objects, I find that the reasons I collect these items are as varied as the collections themselves. It could be the craftsmanship, materials, color used or just plain nostalgia.  With many of my still life paintings, these objects conjure up memories and emotions and gain a good deal of personality when directed by a creative composition on the canvas.  Capturing an animal’s personality and intelligence form the basis of my portraiture-dogs, humans and other animals. Extracting these dynamic elements are a primary focus of all of my paintings, including my ‘flower power’ series, still life, landscape, digital art and plein air work.

Biography

Pia Ledy is a contemporary realist painter based in TriBeCa and Watermill, New York.  While her work includes still life, portraiture and landscape, Pia’s focus has been animals, primarily dogs, where she has been commissioned to paint numerous pets over the years.  Her appreciation of birds and flowers, a lifetime of interest piqued by the wide variety on the East End, also play an important role in Pia’s daily painting.  She has had several solo shows and has been included in numerous group shows.  Recently, one of her small flower paintings, “Crocus“, was selected to be auctioned at Sotheby’s as part of The New York Academy of Art’s juried Take Home a Nude event on October, 11, 2017.

Representation by The Beverly McNeil Gallery • Portraits, Inc. • Birmingham,  AL.

Shows

2017 In Full Bloom • The Beverly McNeil Gallery & Portraits Inc. • Birmingham, Alabama

2016 Take Home A Nude • Sotheby’s • New York Academy of Art, New York City

2016 In Full Bloom • The Beverly McNeil Gallery & Portraits Inc. • Birmingham, Alabama

2016 In Full Bloom • Portraits Inc. • New York City

2015 Gimme Shelter • Group Show • Bridgehampton, New York

2015 Take Home A Nude • Sotheby’s • New York Academy of Art, New York City

2015 The Big Show • Silas Marder Gallery • Bridgehampton, New York

2013 Take Home A Nude • Sotheby’s • New York Academy of Art, New York City

2013 The Retreat’s Top 25 Artists Juried Group Show • Artists Against Abuse • Easthampton, New York

2013 Solo Show to benefit Operation Smile and Doctors Without Borders • Fifth Avenue Dental Partners • New York City

2012 New York Academy of Art • CE Group Exhibit • New York Academy of Art • New York City

2011 Solo Show (June 28 – July 31, 2011) Pierre’s • Bridgehampton, New York

2009 Solo Show (July 1 – July 27, 2009) Pierre’s • Bridgehampton, New York

2009 Artists Fellowship 150th Anniversary Group Show & Auction • NYC

2005 School of Visual Arts Group Show • New York City

Workshops

2017 –  Alonsa Guevara –  2 day Workshop, “The Magic of Still Life”  • New York Academy of Art • New York City

2016 –  Alyssa Monks –  4 day Workshop, “Transcending the Photograph”  • New York Academy of Art • New York City

2015 – Jeremy Lipking 1 week Plein Air Workshop • June Lake • Eastern Sierra Mountains, California

2012 – Martin Wittfooth • The Teaching Studios of Brooklyn, New York

2011 – Carol Marine  Sedona Arts Center • Sedona, Arizona

2011 – Everett Raymond Kinstler Workshop • The Art Students League – New York City

2009 – Everett Raymond Kinstler Workshop • National Academy of Design – New York City

2010 – Everett Raymond Kinstler Workshop  • The Art Students League – New York City

2009 – Everett Raymond Kinstler Workshop • National Academy of Design – New York City

2009 – Everett Raymond Kinstler Workshop • The Art Students League – New York City

2008 – Everett Raymond Kinstler Workshop • National Academy of Design – New York City

2004 – Daniel Greene Weekend Workshop • The Art Students League – New York City 

Education

2010 – 2015 Studied with Leah Lopez • New York Academy of Art • NYC

2006 – 2008 Studied with Marvin Mattelson •  School of Visual Arts • NYC

2002 – 2005 Studied with John Parks • School of Visual Arts • NYC

1985 – 1988 New York School of Interior Design • NYC • Professional Three-Year Design Degree (with honors)

Press & Honors

2014 – Connecticut Cottages & Gardens • Holiday Gift Guide

2013 – Dan’s Paper –  The Retreat’s “Artists’ Against Abuse Fifth Annual Art Show” 

2013 – Nomad Brush “Flex Your Creative Muscles” Competition. First Prize

2012 – Nomad Brush’s Artist of the Month

2012 – Nomad Brush ’Digital Stylus Naming Competition Winner • The Nomad “Flex”

2009 – Hamptons Cottages & Gardens

2006-2007 – Quest Magazine NYC “Essentials” Issue: Pet Portraits. The essential dog portraitist

2004-2005 – Quest Magazine NYC “Essentials” Issue: Pet Portraits. The essential dog portraitist

Associations

The Portrait Society of America

The Artist’s Fellowship (current Board Trustee)

Cecelia Beaux Forum