Born in Moline, IL, Lia’s painting and modeling have been lifelong endeavors. Beginning at age 16 her modeling took her all over the world, and she studied art in Paris and throughout Italy. For years, she modeled just so she could paint.

“I’d show up to a fashion shoot with paint in my hair wondering how long the session would take because I wanted to get back to my studio,” she recalls. The fashion industry didn’t quite know what to make of me”.

“Fashion has always had a place in art,” fashion journalist Margot Siegel once noted. And art has often inspired fashion designers like Dior and Halston just to name a few. But for Painter and Model Lia Martino , there has always been a close connection between art and fashion.

Over the years Martino has morphed into a devoted and proud mom, astute and ambitious gallery owner and an artist with her finger on the pulse of both the interior design and fashion industries. Her colorful abstracts possess distinctive decorative appeal and her pop art portrays elegant fashion, with or without a model, in the stylish couture she features in her paintings.

liamartino01Like Andy Warhol, Martino is prescient when it comes to art. Rather than wait for collectors to happen into her gallery or find her and her artists online or on Facebook, she’s courting her target demographic where they live … or at least where affluent, smart women with impeccable fashion sense are more likely to see and purchase their work. At the moment she is working on five more paintings for Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as taking commissions for sketching a number of elite international celebrities. Currently living in Naples, FL, (she calls Beverly Hills her hometown) where she has her gallery, her services also include being an astute art advisor, broker, dealer and sales rep. Her art is hanging nationwide in all 600 windows of the Chico’s fashion chain. And she is still modeling. In her own words, “I am A Diva!!!!!!!!!!!!!”