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Hi, I’m livia!


My story

Influenced by my uncle Gilberto Dias, who is a professional artist and art tutor, I began drawing and painting at the age of 13. My passion for art has never stopped since then.

From Old Masters to Impressionism and Contemporary styles, I had the opportunity to learn a variety of media and techniques that have provided me with extensive knowledge and experience to share with my students.

I've been a professional artist and art tutor since 2000.  After nearly ten years teaching in my home country Brazil, where I completed my training in art, I decided to quit my job in 2009 and experience life overseas. After some research on deciding what country to go, I fell in love with New Zealand's stunning scenery. My husband and I packed our bags and bikes and off we went to New Zealand. 

This move changed everything in our lives and set me on the path I am today - helping people discover their potential, develop their skills to paint and create works of art that they are proud of.

I've been the head tutor at Art Metro Art School in Christchurch since 2010. I'm so grateful to see my students growing in their art and amazed on how popular and sought after my classes have become along these eight years of Art Metro! ( Time flies! I can't believe it's been 18 years since I began teaching! ). 

After a great response to my instructional video "Colour Workshop" released in 2013 and the desire to help more people develop their skills, I decided to create online courses.

More recently, I've become a popular teacher through my online courses sold primarily through my teaching website

I had the opportunity to exhibit in several countries with much of my work residing now in private and corporate collections worldwide.

I've received several awards and has been featured in magazines and TV programs. I'm married with one child, now residing in New Zealand.

I'm currently represented by Bryce Gallery and Windsor Gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Education and Training

  • Master's degree in Art Teaching at Fine Arts University of Paraná, in Brazil (2005-2007)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising at Catholic University of Salvador in Brazil (1998-2001)

  • Five years of training in drawing and painting at Gilberto Dias Art Academy (1993-1998)

Main Awards and Achievements: 


  • 2001 - Acknowledgement Award for adapting and teaching the Italian Renaissance Technique 'VERDACCIO' at the Atelier Gilberto Dias and Luiza Ferreira Art School.

  • 2005 - Honorable Mention - International Art Competition NAFA - Rome/Italy 

  • 2008 - 3rd Place  - Art Competition Ambep/Petrobras - Brazil

  • 2008 - Purchase Prize -Art Competition Ambep/Petrobras - Brazil 

  • 2012 - Mural Painting for the Papanui Baptist Church: Transformation - Featured on TV ONE's Neighbourhood Series. It can be viewed at 144 Sawyers Arms Rd, Northcote.

  • 2012 - Featured in the TV ONE's Neighbourhood Series, Papanui Episode

  • 2014 - Guest Artist at the Art@Burnside 4th Annual Art Exhibition

  • 2014 - Judge of the Ohoka School Art Competition

  • 2015 - Featured in the TV2's The 4:30 Show 

  • 2017 - Painting "Back in Time" featured on the cover of Arts Canterbury Artists Guide 2017-2018

  • 2017 - Launched my online courses "Value & Value Relationships in Landscape" and "Dissecting the Work of a Master: Sorolla & his Approach to Value and Colour"

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