Bio / CV

   

Bio:
Bill Dambrova (born 1971) is a native Arizonan and ASU graduate with a BA in Studio Art. His love of art, artifacts and biology lead to a career as an exhibition designer based in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2013 where he specialized in Natural History Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums. Since moving back to Arizona in 2013 his art career became his priority and Dambrova began painting full-time. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted into the 2013 Arizona Biennial, received the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Award Grant, and displayed work in four Arizona art museums. Dambrova has exhibited in several local art spaces in the Phoenix metro area as well as national galleries such as Peters Projects in Santa Fe, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in California, Tasty Space in Las Vegas and he just recently had his first museum solo show at The Torrance Art Museum in Southern California. His work can be found in a myriad of private and public collections including: The State of New Mexico Art in Public Places Program, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, The Heard Museum, Dupont USA, Kemin Industries, Kroger Inc., and MEOW WOLF. Bill is currently in the fabrication phase of a 6000 sqft Terrazzo floor based on his paintings for the Sky Harbor Sky Train Rental Car Return Station Scheduled to open in 2020.



Bill Dambrova CV

Selected Exhibitions

2018
Solo Show Bill Dambrova: Energy Eaters, Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show Art D' Core Gala, Warehouse 215, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Practical Arts, Phoenix, AZ

2017
Group Show Chaos Theory 18, Legend City, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show AltRealities, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ
Group Show Good Wonder, Arizona State University Gallery 100, Tempe, AZ
Solo Show Bill Dambrova: A Vein is a River, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Solo Show Resilient Bodies, Chartreuse, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show Abstraction in the Singular, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show Abstract Miniatures, Fine Art Complex, Tempe, AZ
Group Show Art D' Core Gala, Warehouse 215, Phoenix, AZ

2016
Group Show Snow, The Coe House, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show Chaos Theory 17, Legend City, Phoenix, AZ
2- Person Show, The Naturalness of Strange Things: Abbey Messmer & Bill Dambrova
The monOrchid, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Surfacing, Brill Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Then and Now, The Lodge, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Outside-In, Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM
Group Show, Mas Attack with ARTRA, Fine Art Complex, Tempe, AZ
Group Show, Square 16, The Liquor Gallery, Tempe, AZ
2015
Solo Show, Your Thoughts are Not Your Own, Treeo, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, AZ 45, Teiken Gallery, Paradise Valley, AZ
Group Show, 10x10 Takes a Ride, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
Solo Show, This Way to Earth, Practical Art, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Chaos Theory 16, Legend City, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Cf Grant Winners Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Yonder Land, Treeo, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Gallery Fake, Eileen Braziel Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Group Show, Being Human, The Lodge, Phoenix, AZ

2014
Solo Show, The Body Remembers What We Forget, MonOrchid Shade Gallery, 
Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Deconstructing Coyote, GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Group Show, Science Fiction Double Feature, Illuminoidal Arts, Long Beach, CA
Group Show, Chaos Theory 15, Legend City, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Venice Beach VAC Artists, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, FL
Group Show, Artists Across America, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Group Show, H20, The Lodge, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Chimerical, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Cross Current, Phoenix Merchandise Building, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Pseudo Science, Frontal Lobe Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2013
Group Show, Meme Democracy, lluminoidal Arts, Long Beach, CA
Group Show, The Arizona Biennial 2013, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Solo Show, The Body Believes in Images, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Invitational: 25 Years Downtown, MonOrchid, Phoenix, AZ
Two Person Show, The Space Between You and Me, Tasty Space, Las Vegas, NV
Group Show, Poly—Chrome, Illuminoidal Arts, Long Beach, CA

2012
Group Show, True Blue, Sangria Fine Arts, Lake Balboa, CA
Solo Show, Bill Dambrova: Paintings and Sculpture, Sunny Bak Studios, Venice, CA
Group Show, Metabolize, Upstairs Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show, Sex and Candy, Sangria Fine Arts, Lake Balboa, CA

2011
Group Show, Gifted, Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Group Show, Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Group Show, Knowhow Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Group Show, Chapter 4, Dogtown Artists United, Venice, CA
Group Show, Local Venice 48 Westminster Gallery, Venice, CA

2010
Solo Show, Bill Dambrova: Overlooking the Obvious, Park Row Gallery, Venice, CA
Group show, Mirror Space, Venice, CA
Group show, 74 Market, Venice, CA
Group show, Cadillac gallery, Venice, CA
Group Show, Bill Dambrova, Craig Cartwright, and Derek Franz, Video Army, 
Venice, CA

Inquiries about Exhibitions prior to 2010 please contact the artist

Education
Arizona State University, BA Studio Art 1993

Selected Press
Anderson, Cory, Meow Wolf reopens with upgraded art and a new portal to the multi-verse,
303 magazine, 2018
Abatemarco, Michael, Totem Polemics: Unmasking the Mystique of the Howling Coyote
Santa FE New Mexican, 2014
Altman-Yee, Top Five Artists to Watch, Modern Luxury, July 2014
Bartkowski, Becky 100 Creatives, Phoenix New Times, May 2014
Carter, Geoff, We Heart Art, Vegas Rated Magazine, Feb 2013
Cordova, Randy, Gallery Pays Homage to Phoenix Art Scene, Arizona Republic, 2013
Davis, Kathryn M., Deconstructing Coyote: Thanksgiving in the Desert, THE Magazine, 2014
Estes, Mikey, Phoenix Artist Bill Dambrova on Painting, Star Wars and Spirituality
Phoenix New Times, May 2015
Gonzales, Tara, Resilient Bodies, Arts Beacon, December 2016
Grossman, Jacob, Interview: Bill Dambrova, UNDR RPBLC 36, August 2015
Kenway, Jenessa, First Friday Round Up, Las Vegas City Life, Jan 2013,
McCreary, Mackenzie, Bill Dambrova Paints Body Imaginations, State Press Magazine 2014
Morrow, Justine, Resilient Bodies: Bill Dambrova, Beautiful Bizarre Nov 2016
Nafziger, Christina, The Naturalness of Strange Things, The Arts Beacon, April 2016
Nafziger, Christina, The Pop-Surrealist Paintings of Bill Dambrova Anatomically Explore the Mind 
and Body, Beautiful Decay, May 2015
Nafziger, Christina, Bill Dambrova’s BiOdes, Create!, May 2017
Royce, Nicole, The Body Believes in Images Exhibition, Local Revibe Magazine 2013
Royce, Nicole, Abstraction in the Singular Opens at Bentley Projects, Arizona Foothills Magazine, 
April 2017
Royce, Nicole, Spotlight on Artist Bill Dambrova, Arizona Foothills Magazine, 
April 2014
Peterson, Kristen, Anatomy of Two Artists, Las Vegas Weekly 2013
Rolnik, Daniel, Worlds of Internal Wonder, Cartwheel, 2012
Ross, Deborah, Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own, Visual Art Source, December 2015
Salmon, Howard, Arizona Biennial 2013: Gutsy ArtTucson’s Art Exhibits Reviewed, 2013
Scavarda, Madison, Spectrum of Dance, Arizona Daily Wildcat, February 2015
VoyagePhoenix interview, Meet Bill Dambrova Artist and Exhibition Designer, March, 2018
Young, Amy, Bill Dambrova: Energy Eaters at Eric Fischl Gallery, JAVA Magazine, November 2018
Young, Amy, Abstraction in the Singular, JAVA Magazine, March 2017
Young, Amy, Anatomy of a Painter, JAVA Magazine, November 2014

Public Collections
State of New Mexico: Art in Public Places
Mesa Arts Center
The Heard Museum

Corporate Collections
DuPont, Chicago, IL
Kemin Industries, Des Moines, IA
Kroger Inc.
Awards
2014 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix, AZ
Best in Show, A Tribute to Artists with Day Jobs, 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Public Art
Upcoming: From Earth to Sky (working title) 6000 sqft terrazzo floor design for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Sky Train Rental Car Return Station. Scheduled to open 2020.

3 panel large scale oil  painting We came Here to Bring Home Here, Aquired by the State of New Mexico through the Arts in Public Places Program, hangs at the Bataan Memorial Building in Santa fe, New Mexico.

Large scale oil painting Floaters, Acquired by Kroger Inc. and facilitated by The City of Phoenix office of Arts and cultures, hangs at Fry’s Marketplace

Collaborations
In February 2018 I created a site specific mural inside Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return

Dance Performance choreographed by Douglas Nielsen called "If you won't leave me I'll find someone who will" Dancers interacted with 10 eighteen-inch by eighteen inch boxes painted on by me on all sides. The women's dresses and men's bowties were printed with imagery designed using imagery from my paintings. Performed at the Stevie Eller Theater in Tucson 2015.

Art 360 at The Arizona Science Center. Ten of my paintings were selected to be animated and projected onto the Dorrance Planetarium dome for public viewing. June 2015.
 
Residencies and Workshops
Celestial Rendering: Visual Art Residency, Chaparral High School, Scottsdale, AZ
Critters! with Bill Dambrova, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
sLightly Colossal, Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Painting Workshop, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Painting Workshop, Heard museum, Phoenix, AZ
Make It: Shade Scoopers with Bill Dambrova, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Relevant Experience
1999-Present  
Exhibition Designer/Consultant specializing in conceptual planning, exhibition development, design, art direction, project management, art installation and graphic design services for museums, aquariums, zoos, and visitor centers.

Selected Client List:

American Alliance of Museums, The Aquarium of the Pacific, The Birch Aquarium, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Discovery Place, J. Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, NAME National Association of Museum Exhibitions, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Navajo Nation Museum, New York Botanical Garden, OdySea in the Desert Aquarium, The Page Museum, River of Time Museum, The San Diego Natural History Museum, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scripps Aquarium, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, West Windsor Township Environmental Commission, Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum

Goat Heart Studio ©Beatrice Moore