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 1999–2003 and at the Royal Academy Schools London 2004–06. Tantra describes herself as a painter working in an architectural scale in an abstract geometric style, exploring color, identity, and narratives while questioning the function of spaces. Highly regarded for her site-specific murals and installations in the public realm, commissions include: Horizon to Horizon, Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah; Bright Dawn, Karachi Biennale, Karachi; Compose Motions und Tasted Flight, Honer Hills, Seoul (2019); Sunset in Tanah Lot, Facebook, London; Collaboration with Nick Hornby, Broadgate sites, London; Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong (2018); Folkestone Triennial (2017); Newnham College, Cambridge University (2016); Songdo South Korea (2015); Royal British Society of Sculptors (2013); Liverpool Biennial (2012) and Southbank Centre (2007). Tantra’s most notable public work includes a 300-metre long painted bridge commissioned for the 2012 Olympics, Canary Wharf, London.
From 20th of March 2020, the Kristin Hjellegerde Gallery in London will show works by Sinta Tantra in a solo show titled Modern Times. Besides Solo shows include: Your Private Sky, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2018); A house in Bali, Isa Art Advisory, Jakarta (2018); A Romance of Many Dimensions, Pearl Lam Gallery, SOHO Hong Kong (2016) and Fantastic Chromatic, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2015).
International group shows include: On the Nature of Botanical Gardens, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2020); Reinventing Eve, Isa, Jakarta; Y: Collect 3.0, Ruci Art Space, Jakarta; Woven & Illuminated; Strangers in Town und Art Dubai, mit Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Dubai (2019); Reflections, Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong; Always Bright, Ambiente Indonesia via Isa Art Advisory, Jakarta (2018);
Karachi Biennial, Pakistan (2019); Always Bright, Ambiente Indonesia via Isa Art Advisory, Jakarta (2018), Empirical Atlas, Pearl Lam Gallery, Singapore (2017), High Noon, Accademia Belle Arti di Rome, Rome (2017), Quotidian, Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai (2017); Lost and Found: Place, Space; Identity, the World Trade Centre, Jakarta (2016); Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra: Collaborative Works, Choi and Lager Gallery, Cologne (2015); Bend Sinister, i-CAN, Yogyakarta (2014); Gatekeeper, William Holman Gallery, New York (2014); Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design, Grand Kemang Hotel, Jakarta (2013); The Fine Line, Identity Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); and Confined, NEST Gallery, The Hague (2012). A recipient of many awards including the Bridget Riley Drawing Fellow at The British School at Rome (2017); British Council’s International Development Award (2014); and Deutsche Bank Award (2006). In 2018 she had an artist residency at the Stoneleaf Residency, New York. Tantra’s work has been featured in both UK and international press including The Evening Standard, Tate Shots, FAD Magazine, The Jakarta Post and BBC Radio Indonesia.
Her artworks can be found in numerous collections, for instance: Government Art Collection UK, Karachi Biennale, Benetton Collection, Folkestone Triennial, Canary Wharf.