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Lived/Active: California      Known for: realist figure, abstraction, tapestry

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Biography from Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery (Artists R-Z):
John Nava studied art at UC Santa Barbara and earned his MFA while studying at the Villa Schifanoia, Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. His work is found in numerous private corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan including the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Hawaii, the Triton Museum in San Jose, California and the Ventura County Museum of History and Art in Ventura, California.

Nava has done large-scale public works including a 45’ wide mural for the Tokyo Grain Exchange in Tokyo, Japan and a 56’ wide fountain sculpture at 100 Brand Blvd. in Glendale, California.

In 1998 he was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony to paint a life-size double portrait of Jack and Rebecca Benaroya for Benaroya Hall. In 1999 Nava was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The primary cycle of 25 tapestries depict The Communion of Saints and comprise 136 over life-size saints from throughout history and from all parts of the world.

The tapestries were specially woven in Belgium combining custom weaving craftsmanship and digital technology. Our Lady of the Angels, the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States, and in 2003 the artist won the National Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Design Honor Award for Visual Art.

Solo exhibitions (selected list):
2003 John Nava: Selected Works, (catalog)
Ventura County Museum of History and Art, Ventura, California
2001 The Communion of Saints: Fifteen Tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Hendrik Pickery Zaal of the Halls of the Belfry tower, Grote Markt, Bruges, Belgium
1999 Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997 Wright Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991 Modernism, San Francisco
1989 Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
1987 Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986 University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA (Catalog)
Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
1985 Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1984 Modernism, San Francisco, CA
1982 Sabbatical Studies, Johnston Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
1980 University Art Gallery, California State University at Fresno, CA
1979 Art Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
1973 Galleria Vives, Mahon, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Biography from City of Ventura Municipal Art Collection:
Figurative painter John Nava, born 1947, creates work with the intetion of conveying a strong sense of light in a contemporary realist style combined with classic old master traditions. "I want to make the figure appear in a stunning way. I want to make it beautiful," he states.

Nava received his Bachelors of Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Masters of Fine Art from the Villa Schifanoia in Italy. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan - including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

In 1999, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles commissioned the artist to create a series of large-scale tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

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