Tobias Tovera

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Acclivity, 2017 Pigment On Panel 40x40x2 © Tobias Tovera
Efflorescence , 2017 Pigment On Panel 48x72x2 © Tobias Tovera
Inrush, 2016 Pigment On Panel 48x96x2 © Tobias Tovera
Lambent, 2016 Pigment On Panel 60x72x2 © Tobias Tovera
Quick Facts
Works in
San Francisco Bay Area, California
California College of the Arts, 2001, BFA

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:

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:

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

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

2016, Symbiosis, The 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

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


2015, Art Voices, Bill Sasser, Permutations on Iron, 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)


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

2001, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture


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

The Ark Project, an artist-run studio and exhibition space centered around the co-creation process. The programs mission is to promote intercultural dialogue and artist mobility. Oakland, California, 2016

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


Tobias Tovera is an American visual artist recognized for his work in painting and the sensory surrounds of his multi-media installations. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tovera has had twelve solo and thirty-seven group exhibitions in the United States and Europe, with recent publication in Studio Journal Knock and Art Voices Magazine. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from California College of the Arts in 2001 and studied painting in the Master of Fine Arts program at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. Tovera is the founder of the Ark Project and is an artist in residence alumni of the Performance Art Institute, Root Division, and Local Language Art.

'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 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

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


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