A British artist of Balinese descent, Sinta Tantra was born in New York in 1979. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London from 1999-2003 and at the Royal Academy Schools from 2004-06.

 

Tantra is well regarded for her site-specific murals and installations, many in the public realm. These include works for the Southbank Centre, Liverpool Biennial, the Royal British Society of Sculptors and Transport for London. Tantra's most notable work includes a permanent landmark commission for Canary Wharf completed for the 2012 Olympics - a three hundred metre long painted bridge stretching over the water in the heart of London's business district. Recent public art commissions include Newnham College in Cambridge University, as well as a large floor painting covering an entire public square in the newly-built 'tech city' of Songdo, South Korea.

 

Tantra's bold interventions use colour abstractions that wrap themselves around architectural environments, transforming them in the process. The works are a hybridity of pop and formalism, a bricolage of colour and rhythm, an exploration of identity and aesthetics. Tantra challenges our understanding of geography whilst playing on notions of globalization / localization and deconstructing the modern obsession with brand. Themes within the work include the slippage between pictorial and physical space, of turning something 'inside out' and how we as bodies become submerged in surface and structure.

 

The recipient of numerous awards, including the Bridget Riley fellowship, prestigious Deutsche Bank Award, the British Council's International Development Award, and shortlist for the Jerwood Painting Prize, Tantra's work has been featured in both UK and international press, including Tate Shots, FAD Magazine, The Evening Standard's Hot List 100, Nylon Magazine USA, The Jakarta Post and BBC Radio Indonesia.

 

Tantra's work can be found in the collections of the UK's Government Art Collection and private international collections. Recent exhibitions include a show with Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong, 2016 and the UK's Folkestone Triennial 2017. Tantra lives and works in London and Bali.