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Vera Tchikovani

About The Artist

Artist Statement

Vera Tchikovani is an abstract and gestural painter. She works in acrylics, mixed media and collage. Her painting is a journey of self discovery and a search for authenticity in artistic creation. Her process involves her whole being – emotional, intellectual and physical. It reflects her life experiences, visions, responses to life… She does not begin her painting with a preconceived plan or idea, but rather allows the subconscious guide the process and establish the rhythm, harmony and balance. She is especially committed to the search for simplicity and honesty in her art, and that gesture, line and color that would best express her inner world.


Vera Tchikovani is an abstract artist who currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She is of Russian descent, was brought up in Paris, France, and moved to the US in her early teens. She received a Master’s degree and did post graduate in Slavic Literature and Languages at UC Berkeley. She had a successful career in education, but at the same time always kept in touch with the world of art. But when she took an early retirement she decided to return to that first love – art. She studied painting under Glen Moriwaki, an abstract expressionist, for four years. She also studied under Steve Aimone, Fran Skiles, Mira White, Nancy Hillis and Krista Harris. She is a successful exhibiting artist, who has been showing her work in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Recently, two of her works were exhibited at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, where in 2019 she received an Honorary Mention.

Art Medium(s)

Acrylic Paint, Pastel, Drawing, Mixed Media

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415 759-0634

Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

Exhibits for 2021(only) & beginning 2022:

“What is Art For?” Marin MOCA Museum, Novato, CA  (Feb 5 – March 20, 2022)

“Members’ Exhibit”, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (Dec 15, 2021 – Jan 27, 2022)

“Small Works” SFWA, San Francisco, CA (Dec 10, 2021 – Jan 6, 2022)

“The Small Works”, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA (Nov 15, 2021 – Jan 27, 2022)

“Abstracted”, Art Fluent Online Gallery, (September 2021)

“Wabi-Sabi”, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (Sept 30 – Nov 11, 2021)

“Artist’s Choice” SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Sept 28 – Oct 29, 2021)

Artist Alliance Members’ Exhibitions (Sponsored by Jen Tough Gallery)  Several 2021 ongoing online exhibits

“How are You?,  Art Works Downtown Gallery, San Rafael, CA (Jan 8 – Feb 2021).

“Collage and Mixed Media”,  SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, CA (May 1 – 27, 2021)

“Here and Now”, Marin MOCA Museum, Novato, CA (Jan 9 – February 21, 2021)

“Artful Giving”, SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Dec 7 – Jan 6, 2021)

“Heart of Winter” Gallerie Renée Marie, Benicia, CA (Dec 2020 – end of Jan 2021)


Vera is featured in the new book:   “Artists of the Bay Area”,  publication by Jen Tough Gallery, 2022



“Transcend”, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA, Honorary Award, 2019

Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, Merit Award, 2014

Juried Shows at SFWA, CA, Merit Awards in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Gallery 28, San Francisco, CA, Winner of Juried Shows in 2010, 2011

ISAP, Winner of Juried Show of Signature Members in 2008.



Before starting her painting career Vera studied painting for 3 years at CCSF with Glen Moriwaki.

After that she has taken numerous class & workshops:  Nancy Hillis, Steve Aimone, Fran Skiles, Mira White, Krista Harris…

Vera also has two MA’s:

1.  MA and Post Graduate Study in Slavic languages & Literature at UC Berkeley, CA.

2.   MA in Special Education from Holy Names College, Oakland, CA.

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