Tanya Sternberg was born in Durban in 1977. She studied graphic design at the Ogilvy & Mather Red and Yellow School of Advertising and Design. She moved to Australia where she worked for Time Inc across their publications. On return to Cape Town she started her own design agency called Ink Design.
Throughout her graphic design career she has painted at the Spencer Street Studio. She has exhibited at the NSA Gallery Durban, Spencer Street Review 2014 and received a commendation for her portrait at the Sanlam Portrait Award 2015. She currently sells privately.
Tanya has passionately painted with oil on canvas for the last 20 years and is currently exploring ink on paper. Her subject matter is broad and includes portrait, figurative and landscape works. She is currently working on a body of work that explores the intimate relationship between people. This work is made up of a series of ink and line drawings as well as very large-scale canvasses. Whilst the ink drawings are precise and contained, the paintings are large and overflowing. The scale of the paintings invite the viewer into a landscape of ab- stracted figures. There is a definite rhythm and fluidity within the paintings. The works questions how we move through space and time. The abstraction of the figures asks the question of what belongs to us and how do we merge into each other. At what point do we stop and start. Most importantly, how do we affect each other?
Tanya draws inspiration from her environment, the subtle interactions between people around her and above all her family. She currently resides in Cape Town with her husband and three children.