Lia Bonagura-Transue was born and raised in New York City to artist parents. She attended the now famous High School of Music & Art in NYC, studied Design at the California Institute of the Arts, and completed her formal education in Illustration and Painting at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.After a ten year reign as founding director of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Lia found her way back to her true passion of painting.
" I have always been drawn to representational painting, something that connects back to my formal training in design and illustration, and that love for representational work led me to explore a manner of painting over the years that is carefully composed, balanced, crisp, graphic, mostly representational yet sometimes surreal or abstract. Being new to the Coachella Valley, the desert landscape, colors, and sculptural forms have certainly informed and inspired my new work which I would say has a continuity that blurs the lines between narrative, surreal and the abstract perhaps even more."
She has exhibited in many solo and group shows and her work can be found in private collections throughout the US as well as internationally.