Kate Tova is a full-time contemporary artist currently living and working in New Orleans. In her recent work, she experiments with vibrant, large-scale multimedia portraits incorporating interactive, reflective mediums.
Kate was born in the small riverside town of Balakovo, Russia. As a child, she demonstrated early virtuosity in visual arts and quickly exhausted the opportunities in her hometown. Kate moved to Moscow as a young teenager in order to pursue further education in the arts. The wealth of opportunities in the busy capital inspired her to collaborate with local artists, models, photographers, and gallery owners. Her constant urge to create and experiment won her recognition across Russia and Europe.
Kate has earned awards and critical acclaim participating in art exhibitions in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Prague and other cities around the world. Tova’s commissions have ranged from ceiling and wall murals in Moscow restaurants to live painting performances at fundraisers and venues such as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Her art has appeared on the covers of foreign music records, been published in international magazines, and even inspired a jewelry collection.
In the summer of 2015, Kate moved to New Orleans, USA.
Growing up in industrial post-Soviet Russia, painting was the escape that got me through dreary seven-month winters. After moving to New Orleans in 2015, I found myself in a world I had only experienced through my paintings. The city has reflected in my work through elegant gold leaf backgrounds, French Quarter lace patterns, and vivid Mardi Gras colors. In New Orleans I also became involved with several organizations that contribute to the mission of empowering women through education and domestic violence relief.
My art is about capturing the unique essence of a subject. My recent works have been characterized by extravagant colors and effusive brushstrokes that externalize the internal beauty of my subjects. I have always been drawn to paint women, and this style has provided a vehicle to portray the power, dignity, and beauty of each individual.
All my life I have had an undeniable urge to create art. What began as a childhood hobby became an obsession that consumes my every day.