Art historian Tova Navarra has been producing, teaching and writing about art since the 1960s. Her own work—in oils, acrylics, pastels and a wide array of media, including photography—has been featured in major shows throughout the tri-state area. Navarra’s evolving style reflects her academic and artistic curiosity, with echoes of the past, present, and future.

Portrait of Ivy
sepia watercolor on wood, 1975

The Asbury Park Carousel
photograph, 1979

All you have to do is step into the light
photograph, 1984

photograph, 1984

Daughter in a Sunhat
pastel on board, 1984

photograph, 1991

How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (after they’ve seen Paree)
mixed media painting, 2007

Bells and Whistles
abstract collage on board, 2008

Nude with Physics
Sharpie on paper, 2012

The Social Worker Arrives
mixed media, 2013


Tova Navarra served as an art critic for the Asbury Park Press for 14 years. She authored New Jersey Artists Through Time in 2015 and is currently completing work on New Jersey Masters: A New Legacy of Visual Arts—her 33rd book. For more insight into her life and work, visit