Ernest Tino Trova was an American painter and sculptor who was most famous for his Falling Man series of paintings and sculptures.
Trova was born just outside St. Louis, Missouri, where he lived his entire life. After graduating from high school, he worked as a window dresser at the Famous-Barr department store while pursuing his craft in painting. His painting Roman Boy won first prize in the 1947 Missouri Exhibition, selected by a jury including Max Beckmann.
During this time, Trova’s paintings used a gestural style of assemblage, focusing on various subjects in sometimes cartoonish forms. As he incorporated more carefully ruled and stenciled figures into his work, the paintings themselves took on a cooler, more hard-edged style.
In the 1960s, Trova developed his series of Falling Man paintings and sculptures, which attracted significant interest among galleries in New York, Boston, and elsewhere. His work was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
While the Falling Man series led to Trova’s invitation to exhibit in Whitney Annuals and Vennice Biennieles, Trova continued developing his unique craft and vision, shifting by the 1970s to a new series of large-scale outdoor and steel sculptures that incorporated geometric shapes with figures and silhouettes. In 1976, Trova donated forty of his works to help inaugurate the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis County.
Trova’s work continued to display in museums and galleries around the world. He worked continuously until his death in 2009, with his later solo exhibitions including series of Table Figures, Bronze Poets, and troubadours.
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