Sinta Tantra

Born 1979, New York
Lives and works in London and Bali

Education
2009 - 2010 
University of the Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching

2003 - 2006
Royal Academy of Arts London, Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art

2000 - 2003 
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, BA in Fine Art with First Class Honors (1:1)

1999 - 2000 
Middlesex University, BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017      
"ART|JOG|10:Changing Perspective", Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“Bridget Riley Fellowship”, The British School of Rome

2016
Solo Show, “The Romance of Many Dimensions”, Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong
Group Show, “Lost and Found : Place Space and Belonging”, World Trade Center 2, Jakarta

2015
Public Art Commission, Newnham College, Cambridge University, commissioned by Newnham College, Cambridge University, Cambridge
Solo Show, “Essence of a Thing”, House of St. Barnabas, London UK
Solo show, “Fantastic / Chromatic”, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London UK
Major Public Art Commission, Songdo commissioned by the South Korean Government, Songdo
“ART|JOG|8: Infinity in Flux”,Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Group Show and Charity Auction, “Inspired by Soane”, John Soane Museum, London 
“Collaborative Works”, Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra, “Collaborative Works II”, Choi and Lager Gallery, Cologne

2014
Group Show, “Bend Sinister”, i-CAN, Yogjakarta Indonesia
Artist Residency with Cemeti and MES56, Yogjakarta, supported by the British Council
Group Show, “What You See is What You See”, Carsten Fock and Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London
Public Art Commission Shortlisted: Nick Hornby and Sinta Tantra North Kensington, London UK
Group Show, “Gatekeeper: Liene Bosque”, Sinta Tantra, Kate Gilmo, William Holman Gallery, New York, UK
Public Art Commission, Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital, commissioned by Willis Newson, Bristol, UK

Selected Prizes & Honors
2012 
First Prize, Painting and Decorating Industry Award, UK

2012  
The Royal British Society of Sculptors AHRBS

2010  
Shortlisted for the Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize

2009  
British Council Grant   
Courvosier ‘The Future 500’ in partnership with The Observer Newspaper

2007  
Arts Council England
Westminster Civic Award, Public Arts

2006  
The Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art
The Gordon Luton Award, The Worshipful Company Painters Stainers Trust

2005  
Michael Moser Award

2003-2006 
Paul Smith Postgraduate Scholarship at The Royal Academy
   


Representative by

Effervescence in Hague

180 x 154 cm | Tempera on linen

2015

Concept

Drawing strongly upon a vibrant palette influenced by her Balinese heritage, Sinta Tantra began her career producing pieces composed of intricately cut vinyl and painted designs. Reflection, symmetry and exotic motifs were common in her public artworks. 

Highly regarded for her site-specific murals and installations in the public realm, most of her work envisions the concept of drawing and color. While color encourages us to become immersed into a world of otherness, drawing explores the slippage between the two and three dimensions–clarity of line, its distortion, push and pull. These paintings examine the activity of drawing itself–physically linking the disciplines of painting together with architecture on a single canvas plane. Colored motifs stand, collapse, float–pictorial spaces move towards and away from the viewer. Tantra asks the question, can painting become architecture? Can architecture become a painting?


Dengan menggunakan warna-warna mencolok, yang dipengaruhi oleh darah Balinya, Sinta Tantra memulai kariernya dengan menghasilkan karya-karya yang tersusun dari potongan vinil serta desain-desain lukisan yang rumit. Refleksi, simetri dan motif-motif eksotis lazim dijumpai di karya-karyanya yang berada di ruang publik.


Tantra mendapatkan penghargaan yang tinggi atas karya-karya mural di situs terpilih dan instalasi yang ada di ruang publik, sebagian besar karyanya menggagas soal konsep gambar dan warna. Warna mendorong kita untuk terbenam dalam dunia yang lain, sementara gambar menjelajah area yang licin di antara bidang dua dan tiga dimensi–kejelasan garis, distorsinya, tekanan dan tarikannya. Lukisan-lukisan ini meneliti aktivitas menggambar itu sendiri–secara fisik mengaitkan disiplin melukis dengan arsitektur dalam satu bidang kanvas. Motif-motif berwarna, tegak, runtuh, mengambang–ruang-ruang bergambar yang bergerak mendekat dan menjauh dari pengunjung. Tantra mengajukan pertanyaan ini, apakah lukisan bisa menjadi arsitektur? Apakah arsitektur bisa menjadi lukisan?

Effervescence in Pink

150 x 200 cm | Tempera on linen

2014

Concept

Drawing strongly upon a vibrant palette influenced by her Balinese heritage, Sinta Tantra began her career producing pieces composed of intricately cut vinyl and painted designs. Reflection, symmetry and exotic motifs were common in her public artworks. 

Highly regarded for her site-specific murals and installations in the public realm, most of her work envisions the concept of drawing and color. While color encourages us to become immersed into a world of otherness, drawing explores the slippage between the two and three dimensions–clarity of line, its distortion, push and pull. These paintings examine the activity of drawing itself–physically linking the disciplines of painting together with architecture on a single canvas plane. Colored motifs stand, collapse, float–pictorial spaces move towards and away from the viewer. Tantra asks the question, can painting become architecture? Can architecture become a painting?


Dengan menggunakan warna-warna mencolok, yang dipengaruhi oleh darah Balinya, Sinta Tantra memulai kariernya dengan menghasilkan karya-karya yang tersusun dari potongan vinil serta desain-desain lukisan yang rumit. Refleksi, simetri dan motif-motif eksotis lazim dijumpai di karya-karyanya yang berada di ruang publik.


Tantra mendapatkan penghargaan yang tinggi atas karya-karya mural di situs terpilih dan instalasi yang ada di ruang publik, sebagian besar karyanya menggagas soal konsep gambar dan warna. Warna mendorong kita untuk terbenam dalam dunia yang lain, sementara gambar menjelajah area yang licin di antara bidang dua dan tiga dimensi–kejelasan garis, distorsinya, tekanan dan tarikannya. Lukisan-lukisan ini meneliti aktivitas menggambar itu sendiri–secara fisik mengaitkan disiplin melukis dengan arsitektur dalam satu bidang kanvas. Motif-motif berwarna, tegak, runtuh, mengambang–ruang-ruang bergambar yang bergerak mendekat dan menjauh dari pengunjung. Tantra mengajukan pertanyaan ini, apakah lukisan bisa menjadi arsitektur? Apakah arsitektur bisa menjadi lukisan?