Our Artists

Livia Dias

Livia has been a professional artist and art tutor since 2000. She was born in Brazil and moved to New Zealand in 2009.

She was influenced by her uncle who is a professional artist and art tutor. She began drawing and painting at the age of 13. Her passion for art has never stopped since then.

Her style is influenced by aspects of her classical training and a passion for studying European Impressionist artists like Spanish Joaquin Sorolla and Swedish Anders Zorn.

“As an artist, I'm passionate about painting the beauty that exists in Nature and transitory moments of our lives. With vibrant colours, texture and loose brushwork I seek to immortalise moments that don’t happen exactly the same way again in time. My goal is to capture light and movement and combine that with my own vision and interpretation of that moment.” Livia says.

She has exhibited in several countries with much of her work residing now in private and corporate collections worldwide.

Livia has also received several awards and has been featured in Magazines and TV Programmes.

More recently Livia has become a popular teacher through her online courses sold primarily through her website. She has her own studio where she runs workshops and creates her art.

Education and Training

● Master's degree in Art Teaching at Fine Arts University of Paraná, in Brazil (2005-2007)
● Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising at Catholic University of Salvador in Brazil (1998-2001)
● Five years of training in drawing and painting at Gilberto Dias Atelier (1993-1998)

Main Awards and Achievements:

2001 - Acknowledgement Award for adapting and teaching the Italian Renaissance Technique 'VERDACCIO' at the Atelier Gilberto Dias and Luiza Ferreira Art School.

2005 - Honorable Mention - International Art Competition NAFA - Rome/Italy

2008 - Acquisition Prize -Art Competition Ambep/Petrobras - Brazil

2012 - Mural Painting for the Papanui Baptist Church: Transformation - Featured in TV ONE's Neighbourhood Series.

2012 - Featured in the TV ONE's Neighbourhood Series, Papanui Episode

2014 - Guest Artist at the Art @ Burnside 4th Annual Art Exhibition

2014 - Judge of the Ohoka School Art Competition

2015 - Featured in the TV2's The 4:30 Show

2017 - Painting "Back in Time" featured as the cover of Arts Canterbury Artists Guide 2017-2018

2019 - Featured in a British TV Series documentary called ‘The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys - The TranzAlpine’.

2020 - Paintings ‘Bike Ride to Mount John’ and ‘Tui on a Flax Bush’ were featured in the Artists Impressions of New Zealand 2021 calendar and the Contemporary New Zealand Art 2021

2020 - Winner of the award ‘Best Overall Exhibit Prize’ in the Waikaka Arts & Crafts Exhibition - Southland-New Zealand - for my painting titled: “Best Friends II”

2021 - Painting ‘The Tuis Encounter’ has been featured in the Artists Impressions of New Zealand 2022 calendar