Velia De Iuliis
La Sierra University Arts Complex, Riverside, CA
In conjunction with “Women of The New Contemporary” at the Brandstater Gallery
Velia De Iuliis (born 1990) was raised in San Francisco, California where she still resides. Her paintings predominantly reflect her fascination with symmetry found 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.
“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, fauna and animalia, 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.”