Tatiana Hantig

Grants Pass, OR

"Obsessed with painting backwards with paint peels!"
Tatiana Hantig (b.1983) is a first generation American-Czech painter and photographer. Raised abroad with her parents show production, The Fercos Untamed Illusions, she toured throughout Asia, Europe, North and South Americas. Her experiences growing up was a combination of raising exotic felines, constant travel living in hotels, motels and trailer tours as well as being surrounded by performers of all types. Throughout their travels, Las Vegas was home base and where she attended the University of Las Vegas, Nevada where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art Photography. Her paintings and photography have taken her to ArtPrize in Michigan multiple times, numerous galleries in Las Vegas, and over a dozen public murals for Clark County, Nevada for the ZAP! Project and the El Cortez Hotel. She currently resides in Oregon continuing her R&D in the arts.

"My personal recollections of my childhood are compounded with memories of being on tour with my family. Being on tour was an experience filled with illusions, exotic cats, dancers, and living week by week in countries around the globe. These travels were also a time of long drives with a view for days. My past influences my art as I explore these memories of landscape, female form, and majestic animals. Here you will find both my murals and my paintings.

For over a decade I have been exploring paint peels as form of art. Paint Peels are painted highlights to lowlights to create the form, and land to sky in my landscapes. To accomplish this, each layer is painted facedown on a surface that it will later be peeled from. During the process, paint seeps, cracks, wrinkles and abstracted elements come forth. This loss of control reminds me of how memories become. All our recollections eventually become dreamlike and abstract memoirs of our life."

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