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Aia Bower

San Anselmo, CA

As an oil painter, my sources of inspiration are the beauty that I see in the world combined with my own interpretations. The pursuit of peace and the embrace of quietness and tranquility are hallmarks of my work realized through the dance of glistening light, delicate colors and the calming effects that those convey. There is a metaphorical engagement that weaves through my work and welcomes the viewer in. I offer commissions to collectors. Visit

I am contemporary artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was born and raised in Mill Valley. I have always been a traveler at heart and was able to realize a childhood dream, or calling, to live in Europe for ten years. The places that became home include Milan, Lake Como, Rome, Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Lourmarin. The life and beauty that I took during this long chapter abroad combined with an art history background provided me with a reservoir of images and inspired me to further my education in the fine arts and finally jump in and start painting with decadent & creamy oils.

While only a couple of years into my art career, my passion for art and beauty have been tableaux-in-the-works  waiting to express themselves. Looking back now it seems like destiny that I would follow the footsteps of my grandfather, a notable Japanese Abstract Expressionist, who left his home country and pursued his art while living in Paris, Florence, New York and San Francisco.  Close to forty moves in my life has taught me to be an ardent observer of my surroundings and how to acclimate to varying cultures harmoniously.  

I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Art History & French Language from Mills College in Oakland CA.  I also studied Art History & French Civilization in Paris for one year at La Sorbonne Paris IV in Paris, France. 

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