About Lia Bonagura-Transue


New to the Coachella Valley, the desert landscape, colors, and sculptural forms, intrigued and inspired new work by artist Lia Bonagura-Transue that straddles the line between abstract and narrative. Born and raised in New York City. Lia graduated from  Academy of Art University in San Francisco and studied at Cal Arts in Valencia CA. She has exhibited in many solo and group shows in California, and her paintings can be found in private  collections throughout the US and internationally. She resides in Coachella Valley with her husband and college sweetheart

Work available by contacting the artist directly
Additional work available at the Lori Austin Gallery
Lia will be participating in Desert Open Studios in the Coachella Valley, CA 
March 18 & 19 and 25 & 26, 2023 Saturdays 10-4 & Sunday 12-4

Artist Statement

Color, shapes and composition are a constant inspiration as far as I can remember I have always drawn or painted. Some of my earliest works as a child are hidden inside on the pages of my parents old collectible books and much to my parents dismay, the elevator doors in the Manhattan building where I grew up.  I was always drawn to representational work  that connected  my design and illustration roots and led me to explore a way of painting that is carefully composed, balanced , crisp,  graphic, mostly representational , sometimes surreal or abstract, but I always attempt to convey something visually rich.