Tanja was born in Vienna, Austria but grew up in Germany where she worked as a journalist for Esquire magazine.
In 1989 she moved to Australia where she studied Fine Art, encompassing various subjects from photography and film making to painting and sculpture, completing a Bachelor of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts film school in 1995.
Tanja made several short films which were screened at film festivals all over the world. Her TV documentary Death and Passion was filmed on location in Spain. Tanja also travelled 9000 kilometres throughout Australia to direct a travel documentary for German television.
In recent years, Tanja's creativity has returned to sculpture. She has exhibited in various exhibitions throughout Australia, won first prize at the INSPIRED Art Award and several of her sculptures were 'highly commended’. She also completed a commission of 16 sculptures for the Sydney Park Hyatt Hotel.
In the fabrication of her sculptures Tanja uses a vast variety of materials from bronze to industrial/ mechanical components and from photographs to packaging materials. She appropriates everyday functional objects, placing them into new contexts.
Tanja likes to create an aesthetic, creative realm that is challenging to her and the viewer.
More than wishing to supply answers, she wants to pose questions. She would like to inspire the viewers to have their own thoughts on the universe, our relationship with it and human nature.
JOURNEY // ZEHN - Solo Sculpture Exhibition at ARB Gallery, Gasworks, Melbourne 2017
METROPOLIS - Solo Sculpture Exhibition at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, 2015 DESCARDES - Solo Sculpture Exhibition at Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne, 2007
Selected Group Exhibitions
FROM NATURE - Land Art Exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne WATER - Sculpture Exhibition at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne BONANZA - Sculpture Show at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
PIXEL Art and Technology - Exhibition at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne.
FROM NATURE - Land Art Exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne - Winner of the Curator’s Choice Award.
MANDALA - Sculpture Exhibition at Toyota Spirit Gallery, Melbourne
BONANZA - Sculpture Show at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne - Winner of Art Almanach Prize, Judge Ken Scarlett
FLOWER - Sculpture Exhibition at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
CSA SURVEY Exhibition at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
FLOURISH - Sculpture Exhibition at Toyota Spirit Gallery, Melbourne, 2012 MONTALTO Sculpture Prize, Red Hill Mornington Peninsula, 2011
TOORAK VILLAGE Sculpture Exhibition, Melbourne, 2010. Highly commended CURRENT - Sculpture Biennial, Wangaratta, Victoria, April 2010 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW, Melbourne BONANZA - Sculpture Show at Yarra Sculpture Gallery. Winner of AGA Award
LINDEN GALLERY Postcard Show, Melbourne, 2009 CRYPYOZOOLOGY - Sculpture Exhibition at Toyota Spirit Gallery, 2008 WILLIAMSTOWN Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne
MORELAND Sculpture Show, Melbourne
INSPIRED - Art Prize, Melbourne, 2007. Winner 1st Prize
THE GARDEN PATH - Sculpture Exhibition at Toyota Spirit Gallery
16 Bronze Sculptures for Park Hyatt Hotel Sydney