What is POBA?

POBA is the first-ever “virtual cultural arts center” to celebrate the enduring and transformative power of creativity by featuring works of deceased 20th and 21st century artists that span the full gamut of artistic expression. POBA was founded to showcase, promote and preserve the creative work of exceptional artists who have died without recognition of the full measure of their talents or creative legacies. Our name derives from the Hindi word phowa – describing the transformation of consciousness at death. POBA’s mission is simple: POBA aims to keep their creative works alive, and through them to inspire, provoke, intrigue, entertain, and enliven us.

POBA is Where The Arts Live!

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  • December 9, 2014 Bob Guccione: Still Life in Motion

    Bob Guccione (1930-2010) found his lifelong passion and artistic expression in painting which reveals his personal artistic legacy.

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  • December 5, 2014 Paddle8 Opens Carol Carlisle Collection Auction with POBA – December 4 to 15,2014

    POBA and Paddle8, the premier auction site for art collectors, collaborate on the first-ever auction of a POBA artist's works.

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  • September 22, 2014 The Weighty Responsibility of Inheriting a Collection

    NY Times feature story on the responsibility of inheriting an artistic collection and how the new non-profit POBA can help you.

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