Cultural Surrealist | Visual Artist | Cultural and Women focused Curator | Community Artist Activist | Founder of A PLACE of HER OWN | Board President -Asian American Women Artists Association
Cynthia Tom uses visual art as a means to transform her soul. She is a visual mixed-media artist, painter and curator who likes to play with the accepted norm, tossing non-verbal questions into the air for our consideration. Her art is known as a source of inspiration for healing, empowerment, spirituality and change, fostering dialog and building community in innovative ways.
She is a seeker and philosopher about issues in her life, her ancestors and the community of women. Painting, mixed media, art installation, and curatorial projects are her means of expression
As a Cultural Curator and Community Art Activist, she artistically integrates cultural roots and community needs to drive Social Change on a heart level. She is the Founder | Curator | Executive Director of A PLACE of HER OWN: An Arts based Healing and Transformation Residency.
Cynthia feels a strong responsibility as an artist to create engaging modalities that share truths and spur us collectively into action. She believes we as artists have the power to educate deeply at the heart level to create profound changes in how people perceive their communities, urging the call for social justice on a soul level.
Her work has been exhibited at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the De Young Museum, Rutgers’s University, Los Gatos Museum of Art, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, SOMArts Cultural Center, Woman Made Gallery – Chicago, Gallery Route One – Pt. Reyes, California Institute of Integral Studies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Chinese Culture Center, Towers Gallery – Cloverdale, to name a few.
Cynthia’s art is a subject of discussion in text books, Women Artists’ of the American West, Univ of Purdue, Susan Ressler and a text book Asian American Art in Post-Colonial Times – University of Padua, by Dr. Laura Fantone, Professor SF Art Institute. For both her art and her work in the community, which are inseparable, she has been featured in the New York Time’s SF Arts Monthly, SF Chronicle, Psychology Today, the Marin Independent Journal, DigitalJournal.com and on KPFA and KPOO radio. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/360847