About

Fascinated by the visual poetry of oil paint, Aia Bower creates dynamic compositions that are ethereal, expressive, gestural and musical.  Aia’s paintings are modern interpretations of nature's wonders blended with her intimate personal journey that express mood and emotion.  Her aesthetic captivates the viewer on a physical and emotional level while quietly transporting them to a vibrant yet soothing world.  


Aia’s paintings embrace varying levels of abstraction, patterns and imagery. A decade of sights and sounds absorbed while working in France and Italy emerge and then disappear, as if hidden by layers built over time. She draws inspiration from natural forms, organic lines, curves, and nature’s wondrous creations as well as the energy that moves through all living things.   


Her work pulses with energy and personality as feelings dance in an entirely non-objective way, while her agility with calligraphic markings express rhythmic poetry without described reality. 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. 

 

Aia grew up in Mill Valley, California and studied in the East Bay and Paris. She has come full circle returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area.  

 

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 life and 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

 

Zinz Wine Bar, Corte Madera

My show “Letting Go” is an ongoing exhibit featuring 18 small & large works

Special event Gibbs Family Winery from Napa tasting + art exhibit on Friday, Sept. 14, 5:30-8pm

207 Corte Madera Ave. Corte Madera ~ Tue-Thu 3:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Fri-Sat 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sun 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley

"Bay Area Women Artists” exhibit juried by Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray of Seager Gray Gallery

August 2-23, 2018

Artist Roundtable Dialogue: Tuesday, August 7, 4:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael

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

June 28 - July 28, 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