Born into a creative family of artists in a small town in Tuscany Italy, Matia's eyes and soul were shaped between marble sculpting studios and bronze foundries, where her fascination for metalwork and sculpture firstly arose. 

Following many years of fervent traveling around the world, and many homes, she arrived in New York City where she now resides and creates all her pieces in her studio in Brooklyn. 

Matia officially launched her brand in 2019, but has always been a compulsive creator of wearable sculptures and jewelry.
MATIA LIA BARONI

"It all began before my first trip to India. I was assisting a genius sculptor, Dominique Polles at the time. I was intrigued both by light, through the lenses of photography and by the tridimensional volumes of sculpture, so familiar to my being as I grew up spending time in my mother's marble sculpting studio and observing her daily dedication to creation.

The perfection of a curve, the finesse of a texture, or patina, there are so many layers of detail that make a work of art incredible, and I was blessed by being shaped in this environment since my very first years of life. 

In that year, 2012, just before I began traveling and jumping in the university of life, I cast my very first rings. They were made of bronze, cast in one of the local foundries near by my home. Several artisans became my first mentors and I became an obsessive creator of wearable sculptures. I would travel for months at the time, carrying few tools and carving wax, which I would shape in all places: during the longest train rides in India, in secluded cabins in the Himalayas, on beautiful beaches. I always felt the need of creating something and I never felt it was actually creating jewelry. 

I always found an alchemical magic in the technique of the lost wax casting, where a piece of wax is transformed into metal maintaining the most delicate details, like fingerprints. And this has been a constant subject of experimentation in my process: the transmutation of a soft material like beeswax, and its characteristics of malleability, fragility, to metal, hard and cold in its substance. But also a carrier of another level of warmth: time and wear.

When we observe antique pieces of jewelry and their majestic manufacture and beauty, we are not attracted only to their shape, but mostly to their history, what those little objects went through, who was wearing them? What they mean? History shows its signs through scratches, bumps, imperfections, and this for me is true soul-full beauty. The coldness and hardness of the metal slowly becomes a carrier of life."