• Artist Statement

    I’m endlessly curious about how colors get along, or don’t. More often they don’t—at least initially. But built up over time these individual hues learn to live together. As a painting matures, certain color relationships become gathering places for beauty while at the same time leaving indications of the painting’s history underneath. Whether compositions include specific subject matter or not, these color relationships remain the primary organizing element of my painting and my most important fascination.

    I invite you to follow my process on Instagram: @tonysobota

  • CV


    Blocked, American Artisan Festival, Nashville, TN
    On Grid, The Teenyssee Gallery, Knoxville, TN, solo
    5th + Broad, Artfields, Lake City, SC, group
    Animal, Striped Light, Knoxville, TN, group
    The Art of Construction, Series IV, ARTCLECTIC, Nashville, TN, group
    The Art of Construction, Series III, The Rockwall Gallery, Nashville, TN,group
    The Art of Construction, Series III, The Rockwall Gallery, Nashville, TN, group
    Here/Now - Painting Nashville, The Browsing Room Gallery, Nashville, TN, group
    Building Blocks, The Harding Arts Show, Nashville, TN, group
    Envision Nolensville Pike, Abrasive Media, Nashville, TN, group
    The Art of Construction Series II, The Arts Company, Nashville, TN, solo
    Of Things to Come, The Arts Company, Nashville, TN, group
    100 Caricatures of Cervantes, Quevedo Institute of Humor, Madrid, Spain, group
    The Art of Construction, The Village Chapel Gallery, Nashville, TN, solo
    I Want to See What You See, Pellissippi State Community College Library Gallery,
    Knoxville, TN, solo
    MAP, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN, group
    17th Street Studios, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN, group
    New Group Exhibition, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN, group
    Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Bagwell Gallery, PSTCC, Knoxville, TN, group
    Icons, The Square Room, Knoxville, TN, group
    Windows to the West, Remedy Coffee, Knoxville, TN, solo
    Syn/Kronos, Oodles Café and Café 4 Mezzanine, Knoxville, TN, solo
    Easter Stories and Songs, (traveling exhibit), solo


    Television Broadcast - April 29, 2020: Free legal support, funds offered to Nashville artists needing help by Matthew Torres
    Presenter: Pechakucha Nashville Volume 33 - The Frist Art Museum
    Web Article: Nashville Public Radio. Nashville's Newest Mural is Colorful, Intricate, and Uniquely Kurdish by Emily Siner.
    Web Article: Urban Land Institute. Preserving Nashville's "Little Kurdistan" by Natalie Khairallah.
    Presenter: Pechakucha Nashville Volume 30, WELD Nashville
    Magazine Article - June 2018, Nashville Arts Magazine, Finding Words by Tony Sobota
    Web Article - January 9, 2017: God in the Process, Foundlinghouse.com
    Web Contributor - The Art Career Project: How to Become a Caricaturist
    Web Interview - May 7, 2015: ISCAST Caricature Podcast with Nolan Harris
    Web Interview - February 25, 2015: It's Supposed to Be Funny with Ali Thome
    News Article - January 14, 2015: The Power of Seven by Carol Shane, Shopper News,
    Knoxville, TN.
    Television Broadcast - February 24, 2014: The Tennessee Traveler: Caricature
    Artist by Alan Williams
    News Article - January 18, 2014: The Art of Sobota by Jessica Brown Knoxville News
    Sentinel, Knoxville, TN.

    American Artisan Festival Nashville, TN:
    Best in Show
    International Society of Caricature Artists Convention, Memphis, TN:
    1st Place, Black and White Technique
    Nashville MetroArts "40 for 40" Purchase Award: Selected Artist
    Nashville MetroArts Envision Nolensville Pike Streetscapes Project: Selected Artist
    Nashville Arts and Business Council Periscope Program:
    Pitch Perfect Award (Top Honors)
    Envision Nolensville Pike Creative Placemaking Grant
    International Society for Caricature Artists Convention, Reno, NV:
    1st place, Black and White Technique
    3rd Place, Caricature of the Year
    7th Place, Caricaturist of the Year

    2010-2015 Master Class, Community School of the Arts, Knoxville, TN
    2007-2015 Guest Presenter, Knoxville Christian Academy, Knoxville, TN and
    Thursday Connection Co-Op, Knoxville, TN

    2016-present Nashville Creative Group and The Nashville Arts and Business Council
    2011-present The International Society for Caricature Artists
    2013-2015 The Arts and Cultural Alliance, Knoxville, TN
    2014-2015 The 17th Street Studios Artist Collective, Knoxville, TN

    2013-2014 Drawing and Painting Independent Study: Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN
    2014 Sean Cheetham Workshop: LA Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, CA
    2011 Nathan Fowkes Workshop: LA Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, CA