visual artist


Anne Garvey is a contemporary visual artist based in Oakland, California. Though her artwork spans a variety of media, she is primarily known for her realistic paintings of people and tangled objects. Garvey’s work represents both the inner and outer realities of human existence. With a strong sense of connection between body and mind, Garvey incorporates her interest in mental states such as anxiety, hope, anticipation, and despair. Her continued work with youth and victims of trauma further influence these themes, with cords, yarn, branches, and other objects serving as metaphors for thought processes and problem solving. 

Garvey describes the act of physically painting as cathartic, for herself as well as the viewer, creating tangles that will never be solved. In doing so, we are reminded of the almost constant battles we face within ourselves, while recognizing the shared commonality of those challenges.

A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and Saint Mary’s College, Garvey has exhibited, taught, and collaborated with fellow artists for the past decade. Exhibitions have included Axis Gallery in Sacramento, LA Art Core in Los Angeles, and Root Division in San Francisco. Her painting Hesitation was featured in the publication Memoir Magazine in 2017. In addition, Garvey has participated in residencies as far as the Hoi An Orphanage in Vietnam, and, most recently, the North Street Collective in Willits, California.



MA, Teaching, Saint Mary’s College of California

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Visual Art, Saint Mary’s College of California 

BFA, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute

Selected Exhibitions/Projects

2019    Shifting Perspectives on Trauma (The Perception Project), upcoming November 2019, Castelli Gallery, Los Angeles

2019    GIFC Worldwide, 1st Amendment Gallery, San Francisco and Pt.2 Gallery, Oakland

2019    Made in California, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California

2019    Art in Neighborhoods (ArtSpan), Ritual Coffee, San Francisco

2018    Annual 12x12, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, California

2018    13th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento

2018    Art in Neighborhoods (ArtSpan), Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco

2017    Group Show, Ale Industries, Oakland

2017    Heart is Oakland, Classic Cars West, Oakland

2016    Art of the Toy, Arts Benicia, Benicia

2016    Faultline Anniversary Show, Faultline Artspace, Oakland

2016    Order and Chaos, Arts Benicia, Benicia

2016    2nd Annual Competition and Exhibition, L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles

2016    Chaos, Arc Gallery, San Francisco

2015    Group Show, Art Education Center, San Leandro

2014    Tell Tale, Hive Gallery, Oakland

2013    Faculty Show, Art Education Center, San Leandro

2012    Anne Garvey: Recent Work, Piedmont Artwalk, Oakland

2010    It’s Better Than a Lump of Coal, The Compound Gallery, Oakland

2010    Holidayland, Professor Squirrel, Oakland

2010    Invisible City Audio Tours: “Heliography”, Keys That Fit and Royal Nonesuch Galleries, Oakland

2009    Holidayland, The Compound Gallery, Oakland

2009    Embracing Spirit, Mocha Art Gallery, Oakland

2008    Compounded, The Compound Gallery, Oakland

2008    Under 100, Root Division, San Francisco

2007    Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

2007    Complacency, Balazo 18, San Francisco

2007    Group Show: Ilhyung Cho, Eric Reyes, and Anne Garvey, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco

2006    SFAI Now, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco


2019        North Street Collective, Willits, CA

2006-2010       Museum of Children's Art, Oakland, Oakland public schools, K-12

2006-2008      San Francisco Arts Education Project, San Francisco public schools, K-5

2006                 Hoi An Orphanage and Recreation Center, Hoi An, Vietnam

2006                 Saint Vincent de Paul Women and Children's Center, West Oakland


Memoir Magazine, artwork featured with Splinters by Brigid Hughes, 2018

Twirl, a Decade of Artist Interviews,