Joe BovaSanta Fe, New Mexico


Joe Bova lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Educated at University of Houston (BFA) and University of New Mexico (MA) his work in in many collections i.e. Loa Angeles County Museum, Mint Museum, NC, Crocker Museum, California, and published in notable books. Visiting artist/residencies include ICS Kecskemet, Hungary, University of Georgia in Cortona Italy, NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, Penland School and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado. He is Professor and Director Emeritus, Ohio University. Past President of NCECA, he was a Fulbright Scholar, NCAD, Dublin Ireland, 2011 and the Program Chair for the 2012 IAC General Assembly.

Animal imagery is the enduring subject of my art. Often social and political commentary art, it sometimes involves eroticism and humor. Figuration is the constant. Animals are more present than the human figure; often being combined. Decoration, for its own sake, has never interested me. Vitality of gesture in the clay does.

Influences are diverse: the Moche, Bob Arneson, Etruscan terra cottas, Mary Frank, and especially Giacomo Manzu.

I believe making art and understanding art requires intellectual rigor, yet is fundamentally a somatic experience. I want the clay to ‘stand forth’ recognized for itself, while it also conveys other realities.