ABOUT GAVIN WORTH

I was born in Zimbabwe, Africa in 1981 and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I graduated with a degree in Acting, and after college, worked as an actor and musician for the Santa Fe Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and the California Shakespeare Theater. I have had a lifelong passion for drawing, painting, and sculpture since I first saw Michelangelo's "Head of Leda" in a book in the library. I am self taught.

I've been very lucky to have a wide variety of experiences. I was commissioned by Tiffany & Co to make sculptures for their Valentine’s Day window displays globally. My work in sculpture and education led me to be a finalist for the 2014 TED Fellowship. Ralph Lauren asked me to brainstorm modern, engaging, and minimal sculptural jewelry displays for their stores. I have created and installed large-scale public sculptures all over the world. My work has been shown and collected internationally.

I was bitten by a rattlesnake in 1986. Perhaps my proudest achievement was winning the 1987 Las Cruces Nintendo championships while having one arm in a cast (see rattlesnake story above) and being the clear underdog. That was quite the day, let me tell you.

I recently lived in Cairo, Egypt for three years and saw three Presidents come and go. I currently am living and working in Lausanne, Switzerland.

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2013

  • Artist in Residence - New Mexico State University: Built a large scale steel sculpture and held workshops

2012

  • Artist in Residence - Matha, France: Designed and built a large scale steel sculpture, "Thirst," for a public park

2010

  • SF Weekly Masterminds Grant - Finalist
  • Best Visual Art Award - Hollywood Fringe Festival

2008

  • 30 Under 30 Artists in San Francisco

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015

  • Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy

2014

  • Liste 2014, Art Fair Basel, Switzerland
  • Stroke Art Fair, Munich, Germany

2013

  • Ponyhof Art Club, Munich, Germany

2010

  • California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Juried by Ray Beldner, Alison Bing, & Inga Fischer
  • Artopia, SF Weekly Masterminds Show, San Francisco, CA
  • Hollywood Fringe Festival Solo Show, Los Angeles, CA

2009

  • 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco - Charity exhibition with Nate Van Dyke
  • Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA - Featured sculpture exhibitor
  • I Live Here Benefit exhibition, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Mia Kirschner
  • Arterra Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Solo Show
  • Carport Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
  • Lowerdeck Gallery - "Familial Ghosts," San Francisco, CA
  • Stone Griffin Gallery, Campbell, CA

2008

  • Varnish Fine Art - "30 Under 30," San Francisco, CA - Juried by Justin Giarla, Kerri Stephens, & Jennifer Rogers
  • A+D Museum - "Artbash," Los Angeles, CA
  • Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA - Featured sculpture exhibitor
  • Red Ink Studios, Flint, MI
  • California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Juried by Ray Beldner, Alison Bing, & Inga Fischer
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