TOMÁS OLIVA was born in Havana, Cuba. Some of his monumental sculptures are displayed in public places around the world (Downtown Nashua, Brookline, Sumner, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Miami in the United States; he also, has large works installed in Chile, South India, Cuba, Russia, Cyprus, and in Ukraine.)
Oliva's themes are inspired by the extreme distress generated by society upon the vast majority of individuals. To – To series, are inspired in the aboriginal Taino Semi image.
His influences also include artists Ernst Barlach, Francisco Goya, Edvard Munch, and Kate Kollwitz.
He has been a Plastic Art professor for 22 years.