Using salt, mineral, water, and fire, ‘Expanse,’ explores deep time creation and systems of formation. Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Oceanus, a divinity of the stream believed to flow around the earth, this new painting examines the interplay between elements of fire, water, earth, and air.
The Visual Alchemy of Tobias Tovera 2020
An exploration of Tobias Tovera’s deep connection to nature, process, and art.
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Tobias Tovera is an American visual artist recognized for his work in painting and the sensory surrounds of his metamorphic sculptures. 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.