Bio Julianna Vivienvioletta Balogh was born in Hungary. She escaped from that communist country at the age 21, she spent two months in an Italian refugee camp and six months in Paris before seeking refuge in the United States. In 1988 she received her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Balogh is an artist with multiple talents. She is deeply committed to making art and providing arts education relevant to the contemporary world. Underlying her belief in traditional and more current technical methods is a very broad conceptual outlook. Her work originates in a European view of art that is conceptually grand in style and boldly romantic in character. In 1991 she received her first Adult Ed. Teaching Credential from UCLA Extension. Since then she has taught art classes in different adult schools and community colleges to a students from a variety of ethnic groups and ages in Los Angeles. Her experience in teaching reflected her own artistic practices in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography and ceramics. In 2000 Balogh received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Although she has mounted a number of successful exhibitions, many of her more important plans and ideas have remained unrealized because of financial and logistical requirements. Balogh exhibited since 1987 and she was the owner of the Sarga Szem Fine Art Studio in Upland, CA from 2001-2005. She also served as a docent for the American Museum of Ceramic Art and has curated numerous shows for her students.
Artist Statement There are multiple reasons I make art. One is to advocate for art education. In 1985, I developed a personal manifesto: “My aim is to narrow the gap between the contemporary artist and the public and to spread awareness of the importance of art education." I continue to create conceptual, sculptural and performance video works in support of that goal. For the images on this page that amplify my political and educational concerns: go to Google, type Julianna Vivienvioletta in the subject line, select Videos category and hit the return key. My second focus relates to the notion that “art is life and life is art." I wish to bring to the surface the inner struggle of psychological trauma and the unspoken feelings that are familiar to all of mankind. The third reason I make art is for my own aesthetic pleasure. I have created works in a wide variety of media from conceptual works to drawings and etchings, ceramics, installations, photography and digital imaging, site-specific installations and sculptures in pursuit of this goal. My current focus is on interactive art where in which invite the public to play with the sculptural works as both a personal meditative tool as well as an educational one that demystifies the abstract.
2014 Group Show, M.D. Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2014 Open Wall, South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estates,CA 2014 “Art-Ark”- East to West”, Pop-Up Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CA 2014 International Women's Day Celebration, Southern California Women's Caucus for the art, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Loft 204 Gallery, Claremont, CA 2011 Xiem Gallery, Pasadena,CA 2010 For Roland, Bunny Gunner Art Gallery, Pomona, CA 2010 Xiem Gallery, Pasadena,CA 2009 Ability First Gourmet Festival of Fall fundraiser/art auction, John & Renee Davis Estate, South Pasadena, CA 2008 “Magnificent Mugs” American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA 2007 Angels of Pomona, Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA 2007 4th Women International Show, Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA 2006 Biennale Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA 2006 Made by Heart, Defined by Desire, Xiem Gallery Pasadena,CAMu 2001 Wildlife Waystation Safari Brunch fundraiser/art auction, Glendora CA 2000 Currencies, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 1999 Flying Cars, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 1999 Our Two Cents, East Gallery, Claremont, CA 1998 Conundrum, DC Gallery, Claremont, CA 1995 Tesoro Gallery/Showroom, Los Angeles, CA 1994 Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1993 Anointing with Oil, S.I.T.E. Gallery, Culver City, CA 1987 Wright Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles 1985 38th Annual Mt. San Antonio College Art Show, Walnut, CA 1982 36th Annual Mt. San Antonio College Art Show, Walnut, CA
2012 Endless Possibilities, Lamy Avery Gallery International, Claremont, CA 2011 Life is like a Bubble, LAArtcore, Los Angeles, CA 2009 Merging into Oneself, Covina Adult School, Covina, CA 2004 A River Within, Claremont Forum, Claremont, CA 2002 Cuttress Gallery, Pomona, California 2001 Ontario Museum of History and Art, Ontario, California 2000 Cuttress Gallery, Pomona, California 1999 My Stepping Stones, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 1998 Resonating Subconscious, Installation Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 1998 Unthinkable/Installation, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 1988 Cub of the Noble Beast, Dickson Hall, University of California, Los Angeles 1988 Bubbles/Installation, University of California, Los Angeles 1987 Water Music/Installation, University of California, Los Angeles 1987 Depression/Installation, University of California, Los Angeles
2013 Spring, ARC, Baldwin Park, CA 2012 Tropical Tresures, ARC, Baldwin Park, CA 2011 Do You Want to Escape and Play? BPACE Performing Art Center, BP, CA 2007 Angels of Pomona, Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA 1998 No Left Turn Eclectic Experience, Claremont Forum, Claremont, CA, group show for Claremont Adult School 1996 Nick’s Coffee House, Claremont, CA, group show for Claremont Adult School 1993 Montclair City Hall, Montclair, CA, group Show for Pomona, Tri- Community Adult Schools and Mt. St. Antonio College Community Services 1993 Pomona Library, Pomona, CA, group show for Pomona Adult School
Education 2000 MFA Claremont Graduate University, CA 1996 Adult Ed. Teaching Credential, UCLA Extension, Los Angeles 1991 Adult Ed. Teaching Credential, UCLA, Los Angeles 1988 BFA University of California, Los Angeles 1985 AA Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA