Wilma Wyss is a professional mosaic artist in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work features unusual materials and nuanced colors. Wilma began creating abstract sculptures in concrete and mosaic in 2007. When she first started out making mosaics she was fascinated with making sculptures made of concrete and mosaic that looked soft and flexible, and developed a method to create concrete pillows covered with mosaic. She was intrigued with the meaning and associations of softness, relaxation, and lightness, while simultaneously expressing the seemingly contradictory properties of hardness, discomfort, and weight.
Wilma’s art practice has taken her in two complementary directions: fine art mosaics and commission work for public and private spaces. Wilma’s mosaic art work, which is loosely abstract, has been shown in over 50 shows nationally, and won several awards. She has participated in over a dozen open studio events.
For the past few years her work has been largely focused on commissions. Site-specific mosaic artwork has been commissioned by Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, as well as Esalen Institute. She has created and installed mosaics in bathrooms, kitchens and gardens in Bay Area private residences. Recently, Wilma has designed, fabricated and installed four outdoor mosaics in public parks in the San Francisco Area.
Wilma teaches mosaic art at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Studio 9 in Oakland, and for groups retreats.
Outdoor spaces, particularly the Northern California landscape, provide inspiration for Wilma’s art practice. Being in nature gives her time to focus her thoughts and see things in a new light, conceptually and physically.