Oliver De La Via is a representational painter living and working in Arlington, Va. He has a BFA in Communication Arts received from Virginia Commonwealth University based out of Richmond, Va. Oliver maintains a studio in Arlington where he works on commissioned portraiture, gallery work and offers some graphic design services. His current work in oil paint and ink is about blurring lines between the sexes, aiming to start a conversation about why we subconsciously sexualize and desexualize everything and how those views define us.
Oliver works from both life and pictures, capturing an exaggerated sense of light and color. One of his drawings won a gold medal in the 2010 Congressional Art Competition and that drawing is now in the White House’s Collection.