About

Fascinated by the poetry available in oil paint, Sausalito artist Aia Bower creates dynamic compositions that are simultaneously expressive, gestural, ethereal and musical.  Her aesthetic captivates the viewer on a physical and emotional level while quietly transporting them to a world of vibrancy and delight.  

 

Aia’s paintings and works in mixed media embrace varying levels of abstraction, patterns and imagery.  She draws inspiration from natural forms, organic lines, curves, and nature’s wondrous creations. 

 

Symbolic nests and birds might be alluded to in constructed or deconstructed manners. musical notes are often referenced, and the infinity symbol, lemniscate, is present in just about all of her work.  Varying images can emerge and then disappear as hidden by layers built over time, like in life. 

 

Aia grew up in Mill Valley, CA and studied in the East Bay and Paris. She has come full circle returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area after a decade living and working in France and Italy.  

 

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, a noted Japanese Abstract Expressionist, Aia has moved close to forty times with eight moves on an international level.  A lifetime of uprooting and letting go of everything known ― friends, family, home, culture and all things familiar ― has had a profound effect on her work.

 

Aia is wildly inspired by Bonnard, Matisse, Diebenkorn and Morandi and creates out of her studio in the landmark ICB in Sausalito.  

 

Exhibitions

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley

"Tell Me a Story” exhibit juried by Chester Arnold, SF Bay Area narrative painter

July 5 – 26, 2018

Artist Roundtable Dialogue: July 10, 4:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: July 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael

“On the Road” exhibit juried by Donna Seager of Seager / Gray Gallery

June 28 - July 28, 2018

Reception: Friday July 13, 2018, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Zinz Wine Bar, Corte Madera

On-going exhibit of multiple recent small & large works starting July 19, 2018

Opening reception July 20, 2018

ICB Studio 111, Sausalito

“Greener Pastures”  Landscape show 

June through August

Soulstice Mind + Body Spa

Ongoing display of artwork in the Meditation & Movement room

501 Caledonia St, Sausalito, CA  94965

O’Hana Açaí Cafe, Corte Madera

On-going display of recent works

Marin Open Studios

May 12-13, 11 AM - 6 PM.  Reception May 11, 6-9 PM

ICB, Studio 300 A, Sausalito, CA  94965

San Francisco Women Artists "World of Abstraction" juried by James Bazydola, Art Consultant & The Mocas Art Group

April 3- May 5, 2018, Opening Reception April 5, 5:30-8 PM

647 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA  94122

Marin Society of Artists "Fresh Art 2018," Third place prize

March 8-31, 2018, Opening Reception March 9, 5 - 8 PM

1515 3rd St & E, San Rafael, CA  94901

Bay Area Women Artists exhibit, Juried by Donna Seager & Suzanne Grey, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, July - August 2017

RETURNING, Juried by Suzanne of Gray of Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Month, Mill Valley, CA, May 2017

Small Works Show, Graton Gallery, Graton CA, February 2017

Annual Members Show, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, January 2017

Art of the Spirit, O'Hanlon Center for Arts, December 2016

Juried Spring Exhibition, College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield CA, April 2016

Sacred Connections Exhibit, College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield CA, June 2016

The Barn Artists Group Exhibit, TREK Winery, Novato, CA, August 2015

Ruby Living Design, Mill Valley Fall Art Walk, Mill Valley, CA, September 2015

Juried Spring Exhibition, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, April 2015

 

Education

2014-2018 Post Graduate Coursework in Fine Arts at College of Marin plus new techniques courses with local Bay Area artists 

1989 Mills College, Oakland CA - B. A. in Art History and in French Language

1987 La Sorbonne Paris IV, France- Art History and French Civilization