Gina Pierleoni is a mixed media artist using portraiture to spark conversations about empathy and our common humanity. Portraiture is the opposite of assumption. Pierleoni’s images are acts of deep seeing that push past label and judgments; they seek to "de-separate" us.
The Baltimore Sun described Pierleoni’s mixed media figures as “gloriously human…there's nothing between them and you to keep them from meeting you head-on. It's hard to get too much of an artist who can convey a sense of self-acceptance and strength even in the knowledge of weakness and fallibility.”
Gina Pierleoni earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and her BFA from the College of New Rochelle in NY. She is represented in over 150 private and public collections in the U.S., Canada, Germany and China, including Golden Artist Colors.
Exhibitions venues include The Creative Alliance, Baltimore; Uferwerk, Werder, Germany; The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House (in conjunction with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum), Baltimore; Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA; Contemporary Museum of Art, Baltimore; Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy; Angel Orensanz Foundation, NY/NY; WPA/Corcoran, Washington, DC; Betsy Underground Gallery, Miami Beach, FL; Stevenson University, MD; Mooney Gallery, New Rochelle, NY; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore; The Brooklyn Art Library, NY; School 33 Art Center, Baltimore; Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, NY; Craig Flinner Gallery, Baltimore; Gallery 10, Washington, DC.
Awards include an individual artist grant from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, three from the Maryland State Arts Council, and two nominations to participate in The Florence Biennale. She was recognized as a ‘Hero in the MICA Community’ in 2011.Pierleoni received Recognition of Scholarly and Creative Publications from Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD five times and has served as an Adjunct Professor there since 1996. She was an adjunct from 2007-2013 at TAI Sophia Institute of Transformative Leadership and Social Change (now MUIH) in Laurel, MD. Pierleoni is currently an artist for Maryland State Arts Council's Artist-in-Education Program.
As an educator and creative consultant, Pierleoni exposes the creative process. She has an innate ability to empower students to dig down within themselves and discover their natural talent. Pierleoni teaches how to trust one's deepest creative impulses. She leads traveling Cultivating Creativity workshops, making the creative process accessible to audiences beyond the art community. Her classes and workshops build self awareness, confidence and strong communities.