world artist
Cynthia Tom

San Francisco, California (Stati Uniti)

tel. 415-564-1864

Conscious Contact with the Ground
acrilic on  canvas,  24" x 36" cm, 2002


Consciousness Explored
acrilic on  canvas,  30" x 36" cm, 2002


Launching the Gifts
acrilic on  canvas,  24" x 36" cm, 2001


acrilic on  canvas,  30" x 22" cm, 2002


acrilic on  canvas,  18" x 36" cm, 2001





Cynthia Tom works in a variety of mediums, but primarily with acrylics. She develops her paintings largely through subconscious inspiration. Often, a symbol, an image, or a phrase will begin her creative process. Each painting develops like the telling of a story, and the use of intense color and ethereal perspective has become her trademark.

Cynthia is a seeker and philosopher about issues in her life, her ancestors, and the community of women. She is sent down new artistic paths through dialog with friends and family, forming new themes and stories for her paintings. Symbols, cues, and clues fill her work, which has been described as “Cultural Surrealism”.

As a third generation Chinese American, Cynthia draws inspiration from divergent cultures, and the contradictions that implies are expressed in a variety of ways. Eastern and Western symbols often share space on the same canvas. A Chinese collar may top a dress form with western sensibilities; a cheong sam is juxtaposed with a Victorian skirt.

Moreover, the clothing takes on its own autonomy. The dress forms represent the human spirit. They may exist in different environments, elaborately clothed, or their interiors become an exposed psychic landscape. Regardless of these dress forms’ surroundings and embellishments, their essential core, the human spirit, remains a constant.

These strong female images evoke a deep longing for freedom of expression and a life of choice.

Her paintings persuade us to look beyond the aesthetic--to challenge stereotypes and traditional roles, question paradigms, and encourage our internal dialogue.

Curriculum vitae:

Painting and mixed media

2002 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Artist in Residence Recipient
2001 CBS Marketwatch Studios, Crossing Bridges exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2001 Angel Island: The Chinese Immigration Experience, San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown Gallery
2000 Artist Studio Residency, M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2000 Seven Voices, SF Arts Commission Chinatown Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Intuition, Junius Gallery,
2000 Annual Surrealism Exhibition,Goldstrom Gallery,New York,NY
2000 Passing, Euphrat Museum, Sunnyvale, CA
1999 Nine Lives, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
1999 They Hold Up Half the Sky, SOMAR-San Francisco, CA
1999 Family Diversity, Koret Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1999 Re-Orientation, Washington Square Gallery, SF, CA
1998 Asian Women Artists’, Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
1998 Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR
1997 Midtown Arts Center, St. Louis, MO
1997 AstraMerck, Lynn Rolston, Sacramento, CA

July 2001 The S.F.Examiner front page, CBS exhibition
May 2001 S.F. BANG magazine, Angel Island Immigration
January 2001 Women Artists of the American West, Book and CD
Susan Ressler, Purdue University Press
February 1999 Re-Orientation-Washington Square Gallery-AsianWeek
February 1999 Koret Gallery review- San Jose Mercury News
October 1998 Open Studios-Appolinaire Sher- East Bay Express
August 1998 Of Our Own Voice, Asian American Women Artists-Catalog
May 1998 The Point Spring Show-SF Chronicle Sunday Arts and Entertainment
March 1998 Women of the Northwest- catalog, Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR
February 1996 “Her Vision of the World"- Jerry Windle-AM/PM Vision magazine,Sacramento, CA

1999 Catholic Healthcare West: Cardiovascular Symposia cover design
1999 Health Problems of Chinese in North America, FCMS cover design
1999 Astra Pharmaceuticals calendar
1998 AstraMerck Pharmaceuticals calendar

AAWAA-Asian American Women Artists' Association

May 2001 SF Artspan/Open Studios, guest artists and speaker.
November 1999 CA College of Arts and Crafts, guest lecturer: The Business of Art
December 1999 Euphrat Museum, guest artist and lecturer.


Ultimo aggiornamento: martedì 24 Giugno 2003
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