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Meet Julianna Poldi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julianna Poldi.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My 96-year-old mom grew up in an artist colony in Budapest, Hungary where her father was a master at wood carving and marquetry and so there were plenty of fine art objects and images at home in my youth. I would study closely the dark umber paintings of Da Vinci and Rembrandt as they hung on our walls via the Metropolitan Museum monthly calendar. I remember clearly the moment when the calendar displayed a Picasso and the thought that ran through my head. “I CAN be an artist too!”. I loved the informal style, bright colors and abstract depictions of his subjects. I must have declared my desire out loud as I recall hearing my mother’s voice half joking that I would have had to be born with a paintbrush in hand to be an artist, and I, unfortunately had not. I was around 10 years of age then and 12 years later I was learning advanced hair cutting skills in London, England at the Vidal Sassoon Academy. Week two at the academy the instructor suggests I put down the comb and finish the haircut with scissors and hands only. Another ah-ha moment as I experienced the proverbial light bulb switch on. I was elated as I felt his instruction was about helping me become a true artist. I knew then that I would pursue my passion for art.

After many art classes, photography, ceramics, design and more, it wasn’t until I took my first painting class at U.C. Santa Barbara that I discovered my destiny. Our first assignment was to replicate a Master’s painting, and I chose to paint a Gauguin called Nevermore. When I brought my painting to class the instructor questioned where I had painted before. This being my first painting ever I was surprised at his question. Not believing me, he studied the painting for a very long minute and proceeded to point out a small two inch area of the painting, the red hair of the woman in back, and says, “That’s flat.” As he hurried away I realized, tho awkward, his exchange was a compliment. I studied the “flat area” until I understood what he meant. Such a great lesson and I have been painting ever since!

Please tell us about your art.
My abstract paintings are an exploration of not only materials and what they can do, but how I can get them to convey life as I experience it, in an authentic and realistic way. That sounds funny to say realistic when they are abstract, but that is exactly how I determine a paintings success. Do I believe what it is saying?

My inspiration is life, nature mostly, and my curiosity about how things work in the big picture, like the cosmos. Invisible worlds, both inside and out, and our relationship to it fuels me.

I am passionate about the materials I use, I love acrylic paints and what they allow me to do in a short amount of time. I also have a passion for teaching abstract painting to others in a private setting, this way students get the most out the lesson and I can focus on their individual needs. For me to witness the joy that comes over a painter as they transcend the ordinary into a creative explosion of abstract imagery is priceless.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Lack of affordable studio space, a sense of community with other artists and an understanding of how to market art work for sale.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is displayed locally at the Backstreet Arts District on Cherokee Way in Palm Springs. Poldi is a working studio and gallery, also exhibiting works for sale by emerging artists Konrad Carter and Eric Johnson.
You can see my work online at, and on Instagram as Julianna Poldi. You can support my work through direct purchase or by signing up for a private painting workshop.

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Image Credit: gets credit for the one photo of me as I’m painting.

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  1. Penny Norkett

    July 23, 2018 at 20:38

    I have had the pleasure of experiencing Julianna’s private instruction and was absolutely thrilled with the final product. Julianna has extreme patience and with her guidance I gained the confidence to begin painting.

    • Julianna Poldi

      July 24, 2018 at 14:40

      Thank you Penny! and not only was that your first painting class, it was an ONLINE class! 🙂

  2. Francoise Aylmer

    July 24, 2018 at 22:13

    Julianna is an inspiring teacher. She guides, nudges and critiques in a supportive yet frank way. Thanks to her, I was able to launch painting abstract which I had never done before. I found my own core and haven’t looked back. I am so grateful to Julianna and really wish I could still go to her open studio.

    • Julianna

      July 26, 2018 at 02:01

      Thank you Francoise! You are a delight to work with and true to your creative impulse. You are another example of a first time student turning around and selling the work! Fabulous affirmation of how quickly we can greet success with the right guidance and attitude. Hope to see you in the fall/winter at open studio!

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