San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Arizona State University
Toni Gentilli is a visual artist, curator, and educator whose work incorporates historic and experimental photographic processes with printmaking, illustration, sculpture, and installation. Drawing on her former career as an archaeologist and personal experience as an insulin-dependent diabetic, she combines anachronistic materials and techniques with contemporary sensibilities to explore the interrelationships between technology, nature, history, and identity. Toni is particularly inspired by the cultural desires that gave birth to photography, early photography’s panoply of uses, and the medium’s enduring relationship to science and perception. Acknowledging that many of the first photographers were also chemists, botanists, astronomers, and all‑around curious minds who employed the medium to probe the edges of the known and visible in search of a greater understanding of the universe, Toni uses her process-driven practice to insert herself into this long lineage of creative experimentalists and further explore the intersections between art and science through new photographic strategies.
Toni's work has been included in international exhibitions juried by Corey Keller (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Rebecca Senf (Phoenix Art Museum/Center for Creative Photography), Katherine Ware (New Mexico Museum of Art), Tom Persinger (Founder of F295), and Christopher James. In addition to her own art practice, she manages Henry Wessel's studio, the photography lab at Solano Community College, and curates the Studio Artist Gallery at the Compound in Oakland. Toni is available to teach workshops, curate and install exhibitions, and collaborate on creative projects throughout the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.