Ernest Tino Trova, a self taught artist, was born, raised, and lived all his life in St. Louis, Missouri. He was not compelled to study art but he found inspiration in other artists such as Francis Bacon, Jean Dubuffet, and Willem de Kooning. These influences coalesced with his compassionate viewpoint of humans and the growing social impact of technology were continued themes in his work. He gained critical acclaim for the “Falling Man” series. 


He explained that his approach started with a cardboard prototype, often life size, and then he worked from there. Color was secondary to Trova, as he was more engrossed in forms and shape.