Kaytea Petro (gen. Gnomus Artistica)

Kaytea working in Jianshui, Yunnan, China in the studio of master potter Huang Muzhong.

Kaytea working in Jianshui, Yunnan, China in the studio of master potter Huang Muzhong.

After studying at UC Santa Cruz, the Florence Academy of Art, and the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Kaytea permanently injured the tendons in her arms working as a theatrical carpenter in 2003. The chronic, disabling pain prevented her from making sculptures for a number of years, so she turned to comic books and illustration. In 2011, she stumbled into a ceramics studio, and decided to give 3D another try. Gnome Island Studios was born out of those first sculptures made after all those years.

Background
Born Anna Caterina Petro, 1978, San Francisco, California
Currently lives and works in San Francisco, California

Exhibitions

2017        Light and Dark, Catskill Art Society; Livingston Manor, NY

              By the Bay, Back to the Picture Mission Bay; San Francisco, CA

              Art Circus, 2017, Live Worms Gallery; San Francisco, CA

              July Member Show, City Arts Gallery; San Francisco, CA

                June Member Show, City Arts Gallery; San Francisco, CA

                Against Trumpism, Museum of International Propaganda; San Rafael, CA

                Sketchbook West, Las Lagunas Gallery; Laguna Beach, CA

               Mission Artists Now, Back to the Picture; San Francisco, CA

             March Group Show, City Arts Gallery; San Francisco, CA

               Figure Ground, Buckham Gallery; Flint, MI

             Patterns of Disorder, Red Museum; Sacramento, CA

2016      ARTSpan Open Studios, Red Brick Studios; San Francisco, CA

             ARTSpan Open Studios, McRoskey Factory Loft; San Francisco, CA

               Momento Mori, public installation, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA

2015      Speak Out, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY

             #BlackLivesMatter, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA

            Hard Place,  Firehouse Gallery; Johnson, VT

            Hidden Gems of the Tenderloin, Space 236; San Francisco, CA

             ARTSpan Open Studios, SOMArts; San Francisco, CA

            ARTSpan Open Studios, Clay Underground; San Francisco, CA

            First Thursdays, Clay Underground; San Francisco, CA

            Gnome Contingent (part of the Ecosexual Contingent), Pride Parade, San Francisco, CA

            HAM the Astrochimp Mug Release, Hey Café, New Orleans, LA

2014        ARTSpan Open Studios, SOMArts; San Francisco, California, USA

                 ARTSpan Open Studios, Clay Underground; San Francisco, California, USA

2013       《身边的地精》Gnomes Among Us, guerrilla installation in streets of Kunming, with 苔画廊 Contemporary Yunnan; Kunming, Yunnan, China
               《合订本》Bound Volume, 苔画廊 Contemporary Yunnan; Kunming, Yunnan, China
2012        Gnomes Among Us, guerrilla installation in streets and parks of San Francisco; San Francisco, California, USA
2005        Disappearance and Rebirth, 715 Underground Space; Kunming, Yunnan, China
                 Far Far Away, TC/G Nordica; Kunming, Yunnan, China
2004        Underfoot Art Exhibit, Start Soma Gallery; San Francisco, California, USA

2003        Dadafest, SoMArts; San Francisco, California, USA

2002        No War, The Luggage Gallery; San Francsico, CA, USA

                  Dadafest, SoMArts; San Francisco, California, USA

                  Irwin Scholars Exhibition, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery; Santa Cruz, CA, USA

2001         Emerging Veridissima, The Women’s Center; Santa Cruz, CA, USA

2000        Death of the Mother, Burning Man; Black Rock City, NV, USA

                 Conversations at the End of Time, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Gallery; Chongqing, China

                 Youth Sculpture Invitational Competition, Shenzhen Contemporary Arts Center; Shenzhen, Zhejiang, China

 

Publications

2011       Gnometown, Vol. 1, self published comic book

2010      Stephen Hero, self published comic book

              “Stephen Hero,” Asian American Literery Review, Issue 2 (Fall 2010): 56-64.

2009     Hazel and the Tempting Tennessee Tantalizer, self published comic book

2008     Myeloma is On The Move, self published comic book

2007    Looking for a Woman to Marry, self published comic book

2006   Contusion and Confusion, self published comic book

 

Artist Residencies

2015         Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA

2013         943 Studio Kunming, Kunming, China

 

Commissions

2016    Onagadori Chicken; Michael Andrewchow, Reston, VA, USA

2014    John Muir Gnome; Muirhouse Brewery, Ilkeston, United Kingdom

2012    Meet You Halfway Across the Country; Rick & Allyson Rickard, Oakland, CA, USA

2008    Ecosexual Wedding Costumes; Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Education
2002       Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA
1999-2000 四川美术学院 Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, 重庆 Chongqing, China

1997        Florence Academy of Arts, Florence, Italy

 

Grants and Awards
2015       Hidden Gems of the Tenderloin Award; Wildflower Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA

2007       Urban Re:Visions, Re:Route Competition winner

                Urban Re:Visions, Re:Store Competition winner
2002       President’s Undergraduate Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz

                Dean’s Award, University of California Santa Cruz

               William H. Irwin Scholarship for Excellence in Art, University of California Santa Cruz


Production Ethics

Nothing is made in a vacuum. Sculpting, drawing, making - no matter how it is done - has implications for the environment, the people who produce the objects and the people who use the object. I believe in a eliminating as much waste as possible from production processes; conservation of water, clay and minerals is tantamount to respect for the natural world that inspires us. I print my printed works on FSC certified and/or 100% recycled post-consumer paper. I believe that the people who produce the objects used in our homes and restaurants should work in a safe environment,  be compensated adequately for their labor, and be treated with respect.