Paola Pivi (born Milan, 1971; lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska) is an Italian artist who has achieved worldwide recognition. From her first exhibitions she has conquered the international scene thanks to the creation of highly impactful works, astonishing in their simplicity.
She received the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Biennial for the best national participation at the Padiglione Italia with Monica Bonvicini, Bruna Esposito, Luisa Lambri and Grazia Toderi. She showed again at the Venice Biennial in 2003, in Manifesta in 2004 and in the Berlin Biennial in 2008. She has exhibited in such important museums as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1999), the Hayward Gallery in London (2005), MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (2005), P.S.1 MoMA, New York (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007), Kunsthalle Basel (2007), MACRO, Rome (2003), Tate Modern, London (2009), Portikus, Frankfurt (2008), and Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2008). Her artworks are included in some of the most prestigious permanent international collections, such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Castello di Rivoli in Italy.
Four monographic books about her art have been published in Italy, Switzerland and France. Paola Pivi is represented by Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Miami.