Born 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Toni Gentilli is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based interdisciplinary artist, curator, anthropologist, and wildcrafter of botanical hydrosols and pigments extracted by hand from sustainably foraged plants that are both introduced and endemic to the ecosystems she works within. Her creative practice is rooted in a process of exploration bridging art, science, and embodied knowing, and stems from an intuitive alchemy that integrates plants as materials and subjects as well as inspiration and functional allies for healing across organisms, species and ecologies. Her current mixed media work tends to topics of human and environmental health, specifically the invisible labor associated with managing autoimmunity and other chronic conditions linked to ecosystem disruption and degradation, and seeks to cultivate curiosity, empathy, and care for human and plant interdependence and flourishing.
Toni received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, her MA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Museum Studies from Arizona State University, and her BA with double majors in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since 2016, she has served as the Residency Director at the Santa Fe Art Institute where she curates exhibitions and public programs engaging a variety of social and environmental justice issues. Before relocating to New Mexico, she spent six years in the San Francisco Bay Area working as an Arts Administrator, Independent Curator, and Exhibition Preparator. She received a Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation in support of her curatorial projects at the Compound Studio Artist Gallery in Oakland. Prior to that, Toni was an Archaeologist and Cultural Resources Project Director for an environmental planning firm in Phoenix, Arizona (2000-2010).