Gerville Rene Larsen, A.I.A. - Principal/Owner
Gerville is a 6th generation Crucian, born and raised on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in 1989. Throughout his career, he has received honors and awards in the fields of art and architecture. Gerville is the Principal & Owner of TALLER LARJAS, LLC situated in Christiansted, St. Croix. The location houses his architecture studio and an innovative fine art gallery. Gerville is a V.I. Registered Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.). Beyond his creative talents, Gerville has extensive experience in V.I. Government development and regulatory agencies, having worked as the St. Croix District Director of Permits for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. He is also a former Department of Public Works Architect. Gerville believes in giving back to his community and has several charitable pursuits, including his strong desire to preserve the unique natural and built environments of the Territory. On a national scale, Gerville is presently the Virgin Islands Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) based in Washington, DC. Locally, Gerville is a member and former Vice Chair of the Centennial Commission of the Virgin Islands, a member of the St. Croix Historic Preservation Committee and is a former Chair of the St. Croix Landmarks Society.
Gerville Rene Larsen studied at the St. Croix School of the Arts and has a Degree in Architecture from Cornell University where he was taught by artist, Eleanor Mikus. He has received honors and awards in the fields of art and architecture. He owns TALLER LARJAS, LLC which houses a fine art gallery, his art studio and his architectural firm on St. Croix. His works have been selected to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in several art biennials in Santo Domingo and Cuenca Ecuador. He was also invited to represent the Virgin Islands at the 2001 Florence, Italy Bienal of Art. One of his works entitled "The Crowning" which was exhibited in the IV Biennial del Caribe in the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, is the image used for the cover of the Naome Long Magic Poetry First Prize Winner entitled "Emersion" by James Whitley.
Gerville's work is both visually and intellectually stimulating. Each of his collections further hones his artistic voice. Gerville believes that "Art is a vehicle of personal expression providing insight into the mind of the author. Within my work, buried in the canvas through pigment and strokes, images are captured typically representing a personal experience that may be positive, negative, exhilarating or frustrating. The interpretation of my work is solely left to the individual's perception which allows each piece to retain its own vivacity in expressing an experience and consequently makes these images continue to live in the mind and psyche of each new viewer it engages."