Heroes & Hearts



True Heart

Laurel True is a Bay Area artist specializing in ceramic tile, glass and mixed media mosaic. True has been working in mosaic media for sixteen years. Her studio, True Mosaics Studio, is based in Oakland, California and specializes in architectural mosaic installations for commercial and residential spaces, mosaic murals, sculptural forms and benches, and public art.

True is the founder and director of Institute of Mosaic Art also in Oakland, one of the first mosaic art centers in the United States. She has been teaching courses in mosaic technique for 13 years and has exhibited her work nationally.

True received her bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin and has studied at Universite Chiek Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Studio Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, Parsons School of Design, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a guest presenter at California College of the Arts, Ghana College of Art and Design and at the New Orleans School of Glass. She has been featured on HGTV, and KQED's SPARK and in many print publications and media including the books Mosaic Techniques and Traditions (Sterling) and Mosaic Art and Style (Rockport).

True travels widely to lecture and teach and regularly travels to Ghana, West Africa to facilitate community mosaic projects with local youth as well as providing training for young adults. She is dedicated to community development through the arts and creating publicly accessible artwork.

True was nominated for "Artist of the Year" through the Oakland Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and was awarded an Arts "Leadership Award" by the Alameda County Arts Commission this year.

True has created over 70 architectural mosaic projects at 28 different sites around the Bay Area. Her public work can be seen in Oakland, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Richmond, Milpitas, Pleasanton and Berkeley as well as across the country.

True was involved in Hearts in San Francisco in 2004, creating the Heart entitled, Love and Truth which was on display at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.