Tom of Finland Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program 2024

26th January 2024, 2:00 pm



We are very excited to announce this year’s selections for the Tom of Finland Foundation Artist-in-Residence program. 


Tristor Blue (Finland)
FCK–Frédérick Gautier (France)
Rev. Steven Johnson Leyba (Colorado, USA)


Sam Ashby (United Kingdom)
frank.xarate (Argentina)
Yun-Pei (Taiwan)


Michael Espinoza (Oregon, USA)
Fausto (Germany)
Gray Wielebinski (Texas, USA)


Carlos Enfedaque (Germany)
Ed Firth (United Kingdom)
Sung Hwan Bobby Park (New Zealand)









Meet Tristor Blue, artist-in-residence

    Tristor Blue (aka Matteus Pentti, b. 1984) is a Finnish artist, illustrator and art educator with a Masters degree from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland. In his colorful work, Tristor is focused on the Queer male figure, creating sensual illustrations and paintings. Blue’s intimate marker and ink portraits… View Article

Meet FCK–Frédérick Gautier, artist-in-residence

    FCK–Frédérick Gautier is a ceramic artist who touches on sculpture and erotic photography with a brutalist aesthetic, defying standards and dissolving boundaries. His work deliberately confuses the boundaries between what is considered provocative, voyeurism and art. Returning to Los Angeles for the second time for his Tom of Finland Foundation artist residency, Gautier… View Article

Meet Rev. Steven Johnson Leyba, artist-in-residence

    Reverend Steven Johnson Leyba is a ritualistic, sexual, shamanistic painter of Mescalero Apache ancestry. His art is equal parts Satanic, holistic, Queer, erotic, radical, political, and extremely personal. Utilizing various media, Leyba creates a celebration of the sacred and profane. Paint mixes with collage, beadwork, and DNA making bold, often controversial contemporary statements… View Article

Published: 26th January 2024


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