Living and working in Genoa, Italy, Vera Girivi is a self-trained painter and mother of two. She began painting seriously within the past decade. Soon thereafter, seeing Modigliani’s work inspired her to depict nude women. This quintessential painterly subject has come to dominate her work, but she has also painted landscapes inspired by Genoa and the village of Portofino. Although mostly detached from the professional art world, she has acknowledged Picasso, Cezanne, Monet, Chagall, and Matisse as influences.
Girivi gained a tremendous following for her work on Instagram, which grew exponentially when Jerry Saltz highlighted her work. Since then, James Barron Art has exhibited her work at the Outsider Art Fair in New York, the Dallas Art Fair, and in their gallery in Kent, Connecticut.