LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Tanja Skytte is a Danish born International Fine Artist who currently lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her textured, abstract paintings combine the streamlined aesthetics of Scandinavian design with a love of nature. Inspired by her travels-particularly by the landscape of Africa, where she has lived for most of her adult life-Skytte approaches each work of art as a process, experimenting with and honing various techniques until she achieves just the right character and tone in each piece. Skytte is primarily attracted to abstract art because she feels it frees her up creatively, allowing her to explore different materials and mediums and work without a predetermined end point in mind. She thinks of her artistic process as an expedition, a journey where she learns and grows as an artist with every painting.
Skytte is a native of Denmark but traveled extensively as a child and an adult through her job with the United Nations and through private business. She has lived in Denmark, Spain, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Above all, Skytte wants her paintings to be harmonious and balanced, bestowing a decorative and emotional resonance that elevates the atmosphere of any space.
"My paintings explore abstraction. It is a form of painting where I feel ‘in loose reigns’. I find creating abstract works a very liberating experience, as I do not have to reach a specific pre-determined result. It makes the process more adventurous for me. I think my background in traveling and exploring plays a major role in my interest in a style as fluid as abstraction.
I love to experiment with different techniques. It’s an expedition, where coincidence sometimes plays the main part. My compositions sometimes all merge into a harmonious balance and other times the elements stand contrasting and complimenting each other. I love the process regardless."
M.Sc. In Engineering from DTU (The Technical University of Denmark) where she specialised in Project Management and Risk Evaluation.
Art and Science Museum in Milan, Italy, January 2018:
Agora Gallery NYC, March 2017:
Collective exhibition 'Portals of Perception' at AGORA GALLERY, CHELSEA, NEW YORK . http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistinvite/tanja_skytte.aspx
Il Collezionista, March 2017 'Stars of Art' at Tivoli-Roma, Scuderie Estensi, Rome, Italy
Il Collezionista, May 2017 'Stars of Art' Farini Concept Gallery, Palace Fantuzzi, Bologna, Italy. Group Exhibition.
1st International Modern Art Cannes Biennial 2017 by MAMAG Modern Art Museum, 2 Boulevard du Midi Jean Hibert, Cannes, France, May 2017. Group Exhibition
'Artists of the 21st Century' in MAMAG Modern Art Museum in Castle Hubertendorf, Austria., July 2017. Group Exhibition.
ART FAIR, Malaga'17, July 2017
'Stars of art' Sant'Andrea Gallery, Ex Monastery Sant'Andrea, Parma, Italy, June 2017. Group Exhibition.
'Stars of Art' Italian Institute of Culture, Cappella Barocca, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2017. Group Exhibition.
Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2017. Group Exhibition.
Art festival A Palazzo Pontificio, Rome, Italy, December 2017. Group Exhibition.
15th Annual Summer All Media Juried Online International Art exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery. Received Special International Recognition for the work ‘Pig in a Haystack’. Upstream People Gallery: ‘Tanja Skytte of Marbella, Spain has a richly expressive work entitled “Pig In A Haystack”. With the light and dark yellow ochre color with the massing of gestural linear strokes gives a sense of the action.’
Fusion art August 2016 Online Exhibition ‘Cityscapes’. Exhibition finalist with the work ‘city collage’.
6th Annual Open Art Exhibition, Oct 2016 hosted by Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. Received special recognition for the work ‘Birch #1’.
WHO I AM
I am a Danish national who has spent most of my life travelling and working abroad.
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