Tom Van Sant, M.F.A., is an artist/scientist, architect,
cartographer, inventor, and visionary.
In fifty-seven years of professional work he has executed
over seventy-seven major sculpture and mural commissions for public spaces around the world. These include the international
airports of Honolulu, Taipei and Los Angeles, the civic centers of Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Inglewood, and corporate
centers in Taipei, Manila, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Honolulu and San Francisco. Van Sant has had one-person exhibits
in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan.
Van Sant’s professional skills and intellectual interests range from architectural
design, city planning, art education and advanced technical invention, to large-scale flying sculptures (kites). His
space-related art projects of the 1980's led to his creation of The Earth From Space, the first satellite
composite map of Earth. This was followed by the GeoSphere Globe and the Earth Situation Room
installations in science centers in seven locations worldwide.
He is known as the Father of Space Art
and Modern Kite Making.
Listed in the
Smithsonian Archive of American Artists, Otis College of Art and Design.
Recipient of the Leonardo Da Vinci Space Art Award, Canegie Mellon University.