Born in Santo Domingo (1975), The Dominican Republic, Tania began her studies as a graphic designer and illustrator in Harstad, Norway in 1993, continuing her education in Fine Arts in Kristiansand, Norway, Fine Arts in The Dominican Republic, and graduating from Fine Arts and Illustration in the year 2000 in Parsons, New York.
Her mixed Scandinavian-Caribbean heritage plays a large role in her work, often depicting female characters that are torn between two opposing forces such as hesitation/ seduction, fear/ determination, as well as cultural and physical divides, as a means of expressing the dual and opposing cultural influences present in her development as a woman and artist.
The cartoonish qualities in her work are remnants of her experience designing characters for animation, for companies such as PBS, Nickelodeon, MTV and Hyperion/Disney, and her children's book illustrations that include a series on the national parks in the Dominican Republic. These influences create a unique mix of themes, color and mood in her paintings and works.
She has participated in over 30 exhibitions, and 9 international solo exhibits, as well as international art fairs such as Context Miami during Art Basel, Scope and PINTA. Tania is the author of the books: "To Doodle Or Not To Doodle", and "I Doodle, Therefore I Am". She is a champion for women's rights, often exhibiting with organizations that support women.
Images: Tania Marmolejo, A New Belonging, 2022 (detail). © Tania Marmolejo. Portrait Tania Marmolejo
Power of FemininityApr 8 - May 6, 2022Kutlesa is pleased to present Power of Femininity, an exhibition of work by Tania Marmolejo, Lizzy Lunday, Jeanine Brito, Laura Berger, Amy Beager, Lanise Howard, Marigold Santos, and Lindsey Jean McLean, on view at the gallery's location. Femininity is a force as fluid and supple as it is raw in...Read more
Tania Marmolejo on ArtsyTania Marmolejo’s Wide-Eyed Portraits Are Capturing Collectors May 31, 2023The New York–based artist Tania Marmolejo has recently drummed up strong demand at global auctions, with sale prices often hammering for double or triple their...Read more
Tania Marmolejo: The Dream and The VoyageThe Centre of International Contemporary Art Vancouver Aug 25, 2022From September 1st to October 1st, 2022, The Centre of International Contemporary Art Vancouver will show The Dream and The Voyage , a solo exhibition...Read more
Tania Marmolejo x TEDxLaRomanaWomen and The Changing Face In Art Mar 1, 2022How female artists and their participation in art have been marginalized throughout art history, and how and why this is changing today. A personal story...Read more