Kate Tova is a full-time contemporary artist currently living and working in San Francisco. In her recent work, she experiments with vibrant, large-scale multimedia artworks, incorporating reflective mediums and think textures.
Kate was born in the small riverside town of Balakovo, Russia. As a child, she demonstrated early virtuosity in visual arts and soon moved to Moscow to expand her opportunities in the busy capital. Her constant urge to create and experiment won her recognition across Russia, Europe and the United States. In 2015 she moved to New Orleans, where she began working as a full-time artist. After four bright and successful years in the Big Easy, she moved once more to San Francisco.
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.
Kate has been continuously donating her work to the charities such as pet rescues, domestic violence survivors and affordable housing. She currently lives by the beautiful Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach with her fiancé, dog and two cats.
My art has been driven thematically and stylistically by the layering of my life’s experiences. From my early years in Russia I gained an interest in reflective surfaces and began recreating the lavishly gilded textures of churches and museums. New Orleans carnivals inspired me to use a vibrant color palette and gave me the confidence to use thick, generous brushstrokes. Now in San Francisco, I am struck by the juxtaposition of natural beauty and the engine of technology that has ignited the Information Era. Combining these elements has empowered me to create art that is both personal and innovative.