Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern seaboard, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, before settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute.
Somerville was a Fall 2011 Artadia Artist-in-Residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, NYC. He also received the Joan Mitchell Foundation 2010 Painters & Sculptors Grant. His work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions: The University of Georgia, Athens; University of Houston at Clearlake; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University; Florida A&M University, Tallahassee; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; Charles Wright Museum, Detroit; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art Ltd, Art in America, The Los Angeles Times, Artweek, Flashart, Artillery, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian among others. Travis Somerville is represented by Beta Pictoris, Maus/Contemporary, Birmingham, AL.