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Blaise Tobia
Blaise Tobia
Professor Emeritus, Art & Art History



Academic Building, 109B

As a fine artist, Blaise Tobia uses digital photographic techniques to create a variety of artistic works. These may be paired images or assembled multi-image pieces (often printed extremely large), text and image combinations, montages, and sequences, often in book form. He also has a special interest in Italy and Italian language and culture; his book "Castle of Eufemio" documenting a small Sicilian town was published in 2007; his series “The Disappearance of Italy” was shown in Rome in 2016.

Besides his studio practice he is active in critical/historical writing and research, especially on text-image works and non-traditional forms of presentation. He is also interested in non-print forms of photographic presentation, including projected images, computer multi-media and the web. Additionally, he has been active in a historic legacy project related to the CETA-funded NYC artists projects of 1978-81, for which he was a documentary photographer. Two of his images were included in the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs arts plan for NYC.

His recent one-person exhibitions include Viewpoint (Sacramento), ArtSpace (Raleigh), Hilyer Art Space (Washington DC), the Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia, the Delaware Contemporary and O.K. Harris Works of Art (NYC), with group shows at the Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Art (Beijing), Amos Eno Gallery (Brooklyn), Towson University, the Abington Art Center and the Painted Bride (Philadelphia).


MFA, UC San Diego, 1977
BA, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1974