Ernest Tino Trova  (American, 1927-2009) 

Ernest Tino Trova (American, 1927–2009) was a self-taught painter and sculptor, most famous for his Falling Man series. Born in a town just outside St. Louis, Trova lived his entire life in Missouri. After high school, he worked as department store decorator; upon observing Trova’s commercial work, art collector Morton D. May bought a painting, which was later donated to the Museum of Modern Art. In the 1960s, Trova created his first Falling Man: an armless, featureless figure that he repeatedly depicted in paintings and sculptures in a variety of configurations. Trova began exhibiting with the Pace Gallery in 1963, selling out his first show. Unlike many artists of his generation and fame, however, Trova did not live in New York City and made few friendships with other artists, though he did correspond with poet Ezra Pound. In the 1980s, he withdrew from the Pace Gallery to show in a local St. Louis gallery. His international reputation declined, but he remained active in Missouri, donating 40 sculptures to establish the St. Louis Laumeier Sculpture Park. His sculptures and paintings are also housed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Tate Gallery in London. Trova died in 2009 in St. Louis.

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Ernest Tino Trova, #4 From The Falling Man Series


Ernest Tino Trova
#4 From The Falling Man Series
Ernest Tino Trova, Falling Man/Flapman


Ernest Tino Trova
Falling Man/Flapman

Kelly Gallery
Ernest Tino Trova, Man Under Tree


Ernest Tino Trova
Man Under Tree
Ernest Tino Trova, Untitled


Ernest Tino Trova

William Shearburn Gallery
Ernest Tino Trova, Double Walking Wrapman


Ernest Tino Trova
Double Walking Wrapman

Baker Sponder Gallery
Ernest Tino Trova, Seated Figure II


Ernest Tino Trova
Seated Figure II
circa 1988

Baker Sponder Gallery
Ernest Tino Trova, Reverse Flowerman


Ernest Tino Trova
Reverse Flowerman

Baker Sponder Gallery
Ernest Tino Trova, Overhead Figure


Ernest Tino Trova
Overhead Figure

Baker Sponder Gallery
Ernest Tino Trova, Flowing Man


Ernest Tino Trova
Flowing Man

Baker Sponder Gallery
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Ernest Tino Trova, Four Foot Falling Man


Ernest Tino Trova
Four Foot Falling Man, 1973


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Ernest Tino Trova, Study/Falling Man (triptych)


Ernest Tino Trova
Study/Falling Man (triptych), 1963
oil on canvas


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Ernest Tino Trova, FM/24 AWF #3


Ernest Tino Trova
FM/24 AWF #3, 1986
stainless steel


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1927   Born in St. Louis, MO
1963 - 1985   Represented by Pace Gallery, New York, NY
2009   Died in St. Louis, MO
1968   Documenta IV, Kassel, Germany
1963   Falling Man Paintings, Pace Gallery, New York, NY
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Tate Gallery, London, England
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY