TOVA ROTLEVY-COHEN

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ABOUT TOVA


Tova was born in Poland and grew up in Israel, where she immigrated at the age of four. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and in Interior Design. Since her youth she has been creating in different mediums - from contemporary ceramic façades on buildings to oil paintings, bronze and stone sculptures.

Tova has been sculpting since 1975, when she moved to the United States and took her first stone carving class at Santa Monica College. She has since spent time in Pietrasanta, Italy, studying and carving in different studios. She carved at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach before becoming a founding member of the Stone Sculptors’ Guild of Orange County.


Tova’s sculptures are created out of a “conversation” with each stone. Once she hears what the stone has to say, she removes whatever is not essential to the subject matter. Many of her sculptures are strong emotional statements drawn from personal experience. “Art is a universal language. I wish that my sculptures will make the viewer think when looking at them”, says Tova.


Tova’s work “Tree of Life” is an organic sculpture installed at the entrance to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. Each leaf of the tree is engraved with the name of an organ donor, and it grows continually with the addition of each donor’s gift of life. Another “Tree of Life” resides at the Cardiology Building of the Tel Hashomer, Shiba Hospital in Israel.


Her granite sculpture, “Drop of Sorrow”, has been at the City Hall of Hammerfest, Norway since 2013, in honor of her late grandfather, who was the only Jewish person living in that city before he was sent to Auschwitz and killed by the Nazis during WWII.


Her sculpture “Let There Be Light” is displayed at the entrance of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute of the University of California, Irvine. 


Tova is a mother and grandmother, and is excitedly awaiting the arrival of her first great-grandchild in late 2018.