Aisla’s creations illustrate the alchemy of science, engineering, nature, culture, language, music, literature and the expressive arts. Aisla was born in London and grew up along the Rio Grande in a city which borders Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. She was raised in a city which has a varied and rich cultural history which included Mexican, American West, Native American, Middle Eastern, European, Asian and French and Spanish Colonial influences. This unique combination of experience, culture and language is reflected in Aisla’s art. Aisla’s mural projects, music, jewelry and art have been featured at the deYoung, SFMOMA, and SOMArts Galleries, as well as public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Aisla Islava is an NADC/California Arts Council Grant Recipient (link opens new tab).

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Artist Bio

Aisla has been painting, making jewelry, sculpting, and playing the violin for over 30 years.

Aisla was born in London and grew up in El Paso Texas, a city which borders Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico.  The town has a unique and rich cultural history, Mexican, Native American, European,  Asian, Middle Eastern and the American Southwest. The mix of culture and people in and around El Paso is reflected in the sights, smell and sounds, commerce, industry, science, music, food, arts, language, dance,  and history.  This unique meld of experience, culture and language is reflected in Aisla’s art.

Exhibitions

Fragments Virtual Gallery 2020

Art by Taurean National Art Tour Virtual Gallery 2020

SFOS HP Shipyard Virtual 2020

SFOS ArtSpan Virtual 2020

Mirrors of the Mind Virtual Gallery 2020

Hindsight is 2020 Virtual

Art in the Time of Corona 2020 Virtual

SFMOMA Frida Kahlo Tableaux Vivants 2008

DeYoung Frida Kahlo Tableau Vivants 2011

DeYoung Mural Exhibition 2013

DeYoung San Francisco Artists Exhibition 2012

Chocolate and Arts Show SOMArts 2016

Chocolate and Arts Show SOMArts 2017

Chocolate and Arts Show SOMArts 2018

 

 

Awards

National Arts Disabilities Center Grant 2020

California Arts Council Grant 2017, 2018, 2020

National Arts Disabilities Center Grant 2017

Annual Dionysian Festival Featured Artist 2014-2019

Japan Information & Cultural Center (JICC) Exhibition 2014-2019

Carnegie Hall Performance 1987

Carnegie Hall Performance 2018

Silversmith Apprentice 1988

El Paso Arts Grants Award Recipient 1992

Mural Commission NewYork City 1993

City of Cambridge Muralist 1994

UK National Trust Sites Artist 1994

Paris Cafe Exhibition 1993, Geneva UN Artist Exhibition 1992

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