In my artwork I am interested in discovering transmuted spaces, places where energy shifts, changes, or renews itself. Through an exploration of the interstices between opposing elements such as nature and artifice, chaos and order, I wish to explore entropic systems where healing may occur. I want my audience to be confronted by a raw sense of what it means to be alive.



Tobias Tovera

Born in Sacramento, California
Lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, California


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2017, Oceanus, JCOs Art Haus, Los Gatos, California

2016, Uncharted Terrain, Local Language Art, Oakland, California

2016, Morphosis, Peralta Studios, Oakland, California

2014, Hermetica, Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, California

2013, Transmutation, PAI Gallery, San Francisco, California

2013, Life Forms, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, California

2009, Transmutation Unfolding, 555 California Plaza Gallery, San Francisco, California

2005, The Medicine of Space, Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, California

2003, New Work, Akimbo Gallery, Sacramento, California

2001, Substance, North Gallery, Oakland, California

2000, Deliverance, Ortiz Gallery, San Francisco, California

1999, Soul Impressions, California College of Arts and Crafts, Tecoah and Thomas Galleries, San Francisco, California

1999, Façade, Installation and Performance, Midtown Mosaic, Sacramento, California


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017, AVVAAF, Art Fair, JCOs Art Haus, Los Gatos, CA

2017, Art for AIDS Art Auction Benefit, City View at the Metreon, San Francisco, CA

2017, Root Division's 16th Annual Art Auction, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017, A'DAM International Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017, Origin, Ark Project, Oakland, CA

2016, AVVAAF, Art Fair, JCOs Art Haus, Los Gatos, CA

2016, DIFFASF, 'Shine,' NWBLK Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016, Root Division's 15th Annual Art Auction, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016, Symbiosis, Ark Project, Oakland, CA

2016, The Alchemist, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015, Root Division's 14th Annual Art Auction, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015, DIFFASF, NWBLK Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015, Bang!, Bass & Reiner Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014, Be My Guest, Galerie E.G.P., Paris, France

2014, Suite Works, Museum of Contempoary Art Georgia, Atlanta, GA

2014, Root Division's 13th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco, CA

2014, Wabi Sabi, Impermanence, imperfection and the accidental, Alter Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014, 40 and Under, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2014, Fourth Strike, 100 Performances for the Hole, SomArts, San Francisco, CA

2014, Happy, JCO Gallery, Los Gatos, CA

2013, 13th Annual Art Auction, SomArts, San Francisco, CA

2013, Faith, Gallery 85, San Jose, CA

2013, Permutation Unfolding, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2013, Animate Objects, Sacred Door Gallery, Venice, CA

2012, Third Strike, 100 Performances for the Hole, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

2012, Wix SF, Root Division Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

2011, Corporate Showroom Exhibit, Conde House, San Francisco, CA

2010, Japan Benefit, Arttitud, San Francisco, CA

2010, Versace Launch Event, Roche Bobois, San Francisco, CA

2010, 3rd Annual Art Opening, Barber Lounge, San Francisco, CA

2009, SFS Benefit for the De Young Museum of San Francisco, CA

2009, Fortuitous Moments, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008, Bridge Art Fair, Catalina Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

2008, Compass!, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007, Art Fair Now, Claremont Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

2007, Salon d'Ete 2007, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006, Raw Egg, Nature Theatre, Yugen Presents, San Francisco, California

2006, Moksha, Nature Theatre, The Milk Bar International Film Festival, Oakland, California

2006, Breaking Point, Nature Theatre, SOMarts, San Francisco, California

2005, Nova Express, Nature Theatre, Counterpulse, San Francisco, California

2004, How Can You Resist, 9th Biennial Festival of New Media, presented by LA Freewaves

2004, Uncharted Terrain, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, California

2004, 3rd Annual Tiburon International Film Festival, Tiburon, California

2002, Delirium, A Symposium of Film and Video Art, W Hotel, San Francisco, California


Bibliography:

2017, American Artwork, Tom Palmer, 2018 Issue, (September, p.231)

2015, Art Voices, Bill Sasser, Permutation, Winter Issue, (January, p.120-121)

2014, Studio Journal Knock, Isao Nishiyama, The Holy Flower, Issue 2, (July, p.77-89)

2013, The SF Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, Memory, Color as a Framework, (August 10 p.2)

2013, The Collective Snap Shot, Natasha Guterres, The Collective Magazine, (USA September Issue p.4)

2013, Transmutation, Alexander Farrow, These Hands and Eyes are not Two, Exhibition review, October)

2013, Permutation Unfolding, Victoria Gannon, Catalog Review, (March p.1)

2013, Root Division 10-Year Anniversary Catalog, (April, p.98)

2012, Studio Visit Magazine, Drew Katz, Volume Sixteen, (January, p.208)

2011, MFA Now, Juried Exhibition Catalog, (February, p.150)

2005, The Medicine of Space, Leigh Markopoulos, Catalog Review, (November, 27 p.1-2)

2002, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Dolcinea Gonzales, Art, (October, 23-30 p. 86)

2001, The Oakland Tribune, Frosene Philips, Art and Entertainment, (September, 9-10 p.34)

2000, SF Weekly, Anne Marie Mastandrea, San Francisco Art Review (March, 20-25, p.104)


Education:

2011, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, Painting

2002, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture


Residency Awards:

Local Language Art, a creative hub and fabrication studio that sources talent, promotes artistic thought, and produces unique custom art programs. Oakland, California, 2016

Ark Project, (founded) an international artist residency program centered around the co-creation process. The programs mission is to promote intercultural dialogue and artist mobility. Oakland, California, 2015

Performance Art Institute, a multifaceted art space dedicated to performance art and issues that matter in our society and culture. San Francisco, California, 2013

Root Division, a community arts and education organization in San Francisco, California, 2012


Biography:

Tobias Tovera is an American visual artist recognized for his work in painting and the sensory surrounds of his multi-media installations. Tovera was born in Sacramento, California and studied at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and Europe, and is part of numerous private, public, and corporate collections. Using the concept of time as a foundation, Tovera’s studio practice explores energy systems, finding new dimensions in his materials as they metamorphose from one form to the next. The conception of his work was inspired by alchemy, medicine, and the primordial formations of living matter. From the chemistry of water reacting with minerals to a magic that reaches beyond science, Tovera’s work examines opposing elements such as nature and artifice, chaos and order, to reveal how they interact, transform, or propel each other. Tovera states, “I want my art to spark connection with nature and through process and alchemy, create a visual form that liberates both an intimate as well as an unknown aspect of the cosmos.” During the course of his career Tovera has developed two bodies of work in painting and a series of multi-media installations. His new work investigates the interplay between his paintings and his installations and how they inform each other. Tobias lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area of California and is the founder of the Ark Project, an international artist residency program. He has been awarded with residencies at the Performance Art Institute, Root Division, and Local Language Art and has been published in American Artwork, Studio Journal Knock, Studio Visit, and Art Voices Magazine.   

'We expect art to give us a sense of connection to the world and ourselves. We expect nature to give us the same thing. Tovera’s work, in its embrace of entropy and fluidity, its references to and imitation of the natural world, plays on this parallel set of expectations. Are his paintings nature or art? Maybe they are both.' 

-Victoria Gannon

 

Selected Public & Corporate Collections:

Marriot Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hilton Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico

Chinachem Hollywood Centre, Central, Hong Kong

Fairmont Empress, Victoria, BC, Canada

Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Illinois

Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Shutterfly Headquarters, Redwood City, California

The Westin Galleria Houston, Houston, Texas

Timbers Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Hilton West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida

Donna Karen Cosmetics Company, New York, New York

Berluti, Paris, France

 

Selected Private Collections:

Virginia Japp, Sutherland, Australia

Nicholas Bletsas, Richmond, Australia

Helena Sosnowska, Melboune, Australia

Amy-Lee Sunman, Christchurch, New Zealand

Kevin Contzen, Vancouver, Canada

Jason and Rachel Adler, New York, NY

Evelyn Lee, New York, NY

Julie DeMaio, Brooklyn, NY

Sarah Carson Cloud, Brooklyn, NY

Leota LLC, Brooklyn, NY

Sheri West, New Canaan, CT

Erin Surette, Baltimore, MD

Alexander Scheeler, Towson, MD

Lori Tsuruda, Boston, MA

Desiree Spinner, Osterville, MA

Emily Eland, Atlanta, GA

Kathleen Mones, Milton, GA

Gena Casagrande, Leesburg, VA

Paul Martin, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Jenna Papesh, Orlando, FL

Julie Maskulka, Chicago, IL

Chris Keating, Minneapolis, MN

Sophie Derrickson, Wilson, WY

Kerry Miller, Austin, TX

Kristina Wilson, Houston, TX

Laurel Gandler, Houston, TX

Meredith Beau, Little Rock, AZ

Meredith Beau, Portland, OR

Jason and Allison Bowes, Portland, OR

Sarah Bielski, Lake Oswego, OR

Illana Sparrow, Los Angeles, CA

Saree Silverman, Los Angeles, CA

Dalton Robertson, Los Angeles, CA

Mona Pouratian, Los Angeles, CA

Meryl Zwanger, San Diego, CA

Suzanne Obst, San Francisco, CA

Amy Thorne, San Francisco, CA

Jennifer Trahan, San Franciso, CA

Jonathan Deason, San Francisco, CA

Mirsada Kurtovic, San Francisco, CA

Markus Hawkins, San Francisco, CA

Genevieve Palogan and Jack Burrows, San Francisco, CA

Shay Gilmore and Mark de La Rosa, San Francisco, CA

Tonny Tully and Kent Johnson, San Francisco, CA

Rosemarie and Aldo Leonardi, San Francisco, CA

Brian and Kourtney Parry, San Francisco, CA

Mark A. Hagopian, San Francisco, CA

Shah Nagree, San Francisco, CA

Hermann Hans, San Francisco, CA

Christopher William Null, San Francisco, CA

Scott Morris and David Sawyer, Sebastopol, CA

Michael and Jessica Yee, Marin, CA

Sydney Rainin, San Anselmo, CA

Reiner Mim, Mountain View, CA

Gillian and John Martin, Menlo Park, CA

John and Suzanne Pinheiro, Santa Cruz, CA

Mei Su, Atherton, CA

Karllyn Neel, Oakland, CA

Breanne Schaap, Visalia, CA

Mike Swager, Sacramento, CA

Lorraine Blanco, Sacramento, CA

Amber Brewer, Sacramento, CA