Tiziana La Melia (b.1982, Palermo, Italy) received her MFA at the University of Guelph and her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. La Melia was the national winner of the 2014 RBC painting competition. She has exhibited at Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden; Galerie Anne Baurrault, Paris, France; Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels, Belgium; François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; CSA Projects, The Apartment, Western Front, Unit 17, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; Division Gallery, Montreal; Mercer Union, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada. La Melia currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.


Born in 1982, Palermo, Italy
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada


MFA Studio Art, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

BFA Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

The pigeon looks for death in the space between the needle and the haystack (organized by Charlotte Cosson & Emmanuelle Luciani), LECLERE Centre d’art, Marseille, France
Broom Emotion (curated by Franck Balland), Galerie Anne Baurrault, Paris, France

Innocence at Home, CSA Projects, Vancouver, Canada

The Eyelash and the Monochrome, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
Lot, The Apartment, Vancouver, Canada

Neck of Thirsty Flower, Exercise, Vancouver, Canada

Table of Contents (Accompanying Poem), Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (upcoming)

SOOT, Unit 17, Vancouver, Canada (upcoming)
Nature’s Way (curated by Lee Plested), Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
Garden Gossip (curated by Peta Rake), Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada
In the Land of Skeletons, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz, Austria
Johnny Suede, Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels, Belgium
DOMESTIC – like a preraphaelite brotherhood, Truth & Consequences, Geneva, Switzerland
17:1, Unit 17, Vancouver, Canada
Kamias Triennale, Quezon City, Philippines

Vancouver Special Triennale: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Terminal 1, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
A Pool is Water (curated by Loreta Lamargese), Division Gallery, Montreal, Canada
nouveau, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, France
Down To Write You This Poem Sat (curated by Frances Loeffler), Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
Still Life (curated by Franck Balland), Lycée Raoul Follereau/Parc Saint Léger, Nevers, France
Enter the Fog (curated by Josée Drouin and Mireille Eagan), The Rooms, St. Johns, Canada
Intensive Nesting (curated by Loreta Lamargese), Division Gallery, Montreal, Canada

Glory Bead, Mint Project Space (curated by Cudelice Brazelton), Columbus, Ohio, USA
A Line In The Sand (curated by Eve Fowler), Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Stopping the Sun in its Course (curated by Jesse McKee), Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Hotter Than July 24, COOPER COLE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Ultra-sensitive eyeballs tracing a silvery wake from purple to blue, Garden Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965-2015, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Occasional Furniture, The Apartment, Vancouver, Canada

RBC Painting Competition
, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
Altered States, Macaulay & Co. Fine Arts, Vancouver, Canada
Tectonic Breaks, Xpace, Toronto, Canada
Joan Dark, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
A problem so big it needs other people, SBC Gallerie d’art Contemporain,Montreal, Canada
Every Evasion, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

The Intellection of Lady Spider House
, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
On the Tip of my Tongue (Collaborative film with Tamara Henderson), Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden
Crystal Tongue, Exercise, Vancouver, Canada

Freedom of Assembly, Oakville Galleries, Canada

The Most She Weighed, The Least She Weighed, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Selected Readings & Screenings

Organism for Poetic Research: Feminist Temporalities Launch, Brooklyn Arts Library, Brooklyn, USA
Third Friday Reading Series, People’s Co-Op on Commercial Drive with Andrea Actis
Island Dreams, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Saysutshun (Newcastle Island), Canada
What about the Children?, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels, Belgium

Moire Reading and Launch: What Shape of Purple, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada
Staring at the Ceiling, CAG, Vancouver, Canada
Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect, Publication Studio, Vancouver, Canada
The Eyelash and the Monochorome, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
Affinities: A series of performance, screenings, and conversations organized in conjunction to the Joan Jonas exhibition From Away, DHC/ART, Montreal, Canada
Unstill Objects & Lost Materials, Gallery S O, London, United Kingdom
Padded Screen, Video project in collaboration with Laurie Kang for inaugural issue of MICE Magazine

Twilight of the Idols, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Reading at “Help Me Remember” (in conjunction with a solo exhibition by Julian Hou), galerie L’escalier, Montreal, Canada
Light Soluble Mediums, The Picture Show, New York, USA
Light Soluble Mediums: PDX Redux, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, Portland, USA

Sci-pulp Poetics, Wendy’s Subway, New York, USA
Poets Theatre, The Apartment, Vancouver, Canada
Rumours, Model, Vancouver, Canada
Twilight Hour: Painters Talking About Painting, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada

L’Hôtel de l’Exposition, Treize, Paris, France
The Tent Shop: Scriviner’s Monthly, The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
Case Studies (with Vanessa Disler), Exercise, Vancouver, Canada

The Part of No Part: Costumes, 221A, Vancouver, Canada

The Hands of V&U, G Gallery, Thesis Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

The Hands of V&U, The Butterfly Garden, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

Readings for TV, Axelrod Project Space, Organized by Jeff Tutt, Guelph, Canada
Avowal of What is Here, Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre, Saskatoon, Canada

Best Friend Boys, 1067 Granville St, Organized by A23, Vancouver, Canada
Legends/Translations, 1067 Granville St, Organized by A23, Vancouver, Canada

KSW Emerging Poets Reading: Nikki Reimer, Mark Dahl, Jamie Denike &
Tiziana La Melia (Organized by the Kootney School of Writing), Spartacus Books, Vancouver, Canada

Like Lick, Licked, Lotus Hotel, Organized by West Coast Line (Magazine Launch, No.48, Vancouver, Canada


Clay Disease: New Blobs of Time from Word to Work to Object, Accademia di Belli Arti di Napoli, Naples, Italy
The Marseille Cat, UBCO, Kelowna

Staring at the Ceiling, ESAAB, Nevers, France
SFU, School for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver, Canada

Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada

Twilight Hour: Painters Talking About Painting, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada

Avowal of What is Here, Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre, Saskatoon, Canada

Books and Exhibition catalogues

Diane Augaitis, Jesse McKee, et al.. Vancouver Special: AmbivalentPleasures. VancouverArt Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Silver, Erin. “Mending Walls: Imagining the Sovereign Subject in Contemporary Exhibition Practices.”Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World. McGills-Queens University Press,
Edited by Martha Langford

Publications by the artist

The Eyelash and the Monochrome. Talonbooks.

Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect (Selected Writing 2005-2015). Publication Studio. Edited by Steffanie Ling

Avowal of What is Here. Jackpine Press, Saskatoon. Collaboration w/ Ada Smailbegovic

Editorial and Publishing Projects

Page of Vapours Edited by Tiziana La Melia and co-published with Exercise Project Space

Broom Emotion. 32 pages, Edition of 15, Self Published

Selected Publications

Mouthwash. The Interjection Calender 04-17. Montez Press
Sweaty Feelings. Agony Klub 2. Edited by Casey Wei.

Excerpt from The Eyelash and the Monochrome. Art 21 Magazine, Nov/Oct Issue (online), Edited by Lee Plested

A cute curse. Poetry is Dead, Issue 14: Intersections, Edited by Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Case Studies. Tripwire Issue 12, edited by David Bucck
A Brief Vacation, Rooms with a Review, (collected writings from the Critical Art Writing Ensemble II)
Staring at the Ceiling, DYSFYCTION 3, Organised by Herzman Mellowville

FLAR Report, C Magazine, Issue 128
I lost my body at Plan D’eau, response to Waves for Nicolas Sasoon
Would you rather have a peach or a painting of a peach? Letters to the Editors, Issue 29
Walling the wall, dooring the door, flooring the floor, LA Art Book Review, Issue 5.0
Voices On Her Cures, C Magazine, Issue 127
Rearviews No. 3, C Magazine, Issue 126
A few notes and citations, The Capilano Review Issue 3.27
Is 1hr 1hr? Gallery text for Laurie Kang, 8-11 (also published inEntangles)

The Part of No Part, Exhibition Catalogue, 221A and Brick Press, Organized by Dan Starling
Amphibian Slurps, Fantasy Art Now, Swimmers Group, Edited by Jay Isaac and Sebastian Frye
Infer in Furs, Gallery text for Emily Hill, Macaulay & Co. Fine Arts
Thought Column for Joan the Saint, Night Papers V, Edited by Davida Nemeroff
Lake Moods, The Lake, Organized by Maggie Groat
Footsie Chain, Bartleby Review, Issue 13, Edited by Charlie Satterlee and Steffanie Ling

Room Motion, Gallery text for Effects of a Room, G Gallery, Toronto
Many Many Women: Interview with Silke Otto Knapp, Setup, Issue 3, Edited by Claire Balderston, Charlie Satterlee and Mitch Speed
Special Project, Millions Magazine, Issue 2. Edited by Tony Romano and Claire Greenshaw
Lot, Gallery text for Sally Spath and Nestor Kruger, YYZ
Room Motion, Gallery text for Effects of a Room, G Gallery

Table of Contents (Accompanying Poem), Pelt, Issue 1. Edited by Daniel C. Reimen, Ada Smailbegovic and Rachael Wilson

The Hands of V&U. Pyramid Power, Issue 8. Edited by Rachelle Sawatsky, pp 54- 61, Vancouver

Story About Making a Line. W. magazine, Edited by the Kootney School of Writing

Avowal of What is Here (with Ada Smailbegovic). JackPine Press

for fun furnitures, pretty. West Coast Line No.48, Edited by Jerry Zaslove and Glen Lowry, pp. 57-59


Davies, Lyllian, “Tiziana La Melia”, Artforum September
Kopp, Celine. “Cursing the Edge”, Code South Way #4
Witt, Andrew, “Eccentric, Polymorphous, Abstract: Vancouver Art and other Mythologies of the Near-Future”, The Mainlander, January 14
Laurence, Robin, “Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures sparks delight in dark times”, The Georgia Straight, December 7

Webb, Nancy, “A Pool is Water,” C Magazine, Issue 132 turions, cheyanne. “Evocative and Futile Fantasies of Nature Tamed”, Hyperallergic, April 1
Moore, Lisa. “Enter the Fog,” Canadian Art

Kirsh, Jessica, “Intensive Nesting,” Editorial Magazine
Olauson, Ingrid. “Poems for Hairdressers,” Issue Magazine
Moser, Gaby. “Play on Words: Stopping the Sun in its Course,” Canadian Art, August 20
Kirzenbaum, Martha.”The Vancouver Model,” Flash Art, April 17
Prata, Rosie. “Tiziana La Melia’s Winking References,” Canadian Art, January 7

Sawatsky, Rachelle. “Yellow Snail,” Exhibition Essay for The Eyelash and the Monochrome, Mercer Union
Adams, James. “Painter breathes new life into the craft,” Globe and Mail, October 5
Ross, Jacquelyn. “Artist Poetry, Poets Theatre,” The Capilano Review, Issue 3.24, pp. 227-28
Cwynar, Kari. “A Problem So Big It Needs Other People,” C Magazine, Issue 122, pp.57-58

Turner, Michael. “Crystal Tongue Defies Analysis In Vancouver,” Canadian Art, June 12
Ross, Jacquelyn. “Rehearsal for a Poem: A Conversation with Tiziana La Melia,” C Magazine, Issue 117, pp.36-41

Editors’ Pick, “The Most She Weighed/The Least She Weighed”, Magenta Magazine, Summer 2011, Volume 2, No.3 

Awards & Residencies

The Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, USA
RBC – National prize, 16th Annual RBC Painting Competition
TPW R&D Writer in Residence, Toronto, Canada

Figure in a Mountain Landscape (Reprise), Banff, Canada
SSHRC, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Scholarship

Mary Plumb Blade Award

Public Collections

Magasin 3, Stolkholm
Royal Bank of Canada



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