Sinta Tantra (B. 1979, New York) is a British artist of Balinese descent. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London between 1999–2003 and later continued her studies in art at the Royal Academy Schools in London, graduating in 2006. Tantra describes herself as a painter working on an architectural scale in an abstract geometric style, exploring colour, identity, and narratives while questioning the function of spaces. Sinta Tantra is highly regarded for her site-specific murals and installations in the public realm.
Solo exhibitions include Birds of Paradise, (Upcoming), Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2021); Constellations of Being, ISA, Jakarta (2021); Modern Times, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); 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).
Group exhibitions include Freedom and the Promise, (Upcoming), ISA, Jakarta (2022); Buah Tangan, ISA, Jakarta (2020); On the Nature of Botanical Gardens, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2020); Reinventing Eve, Isa, Jakarta (2019); Y: Collect 3.0, Ruci Art Space, Jakarta; Woven & Illuminated (2019); Strangers in Town und Art Dubai, mit Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Dubai (2019); Reflections, Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong (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).
Highlights and collections
Sinta Tantra’s artworks can be found in international private and public collections, including Government Art Collection UK; Karachi Biennale; Benetton Collection; Folkestone Triennial, Canary Wharf. Tantra is 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 received an artist residency at the Stoneleaf Retreat, New York. Sinta 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. Public commissions include: Temple of Flora, Ocean Flower Island, Hainan (2021); Illumination, 22 Bishopsgate, London commissioned by Contemporary Art Society (2021); The Grand Tour, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (2020); Poins Square, Jakarta (2020); Horizon to Horizon, Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah (2019); Bright Dawn, Karachi Biennale, Karachi (2019); Compose Motions und Tasted Flight, Honer Hills, Seoul (2019); Sunset in Tanah Lot, Facebook, London (2018); Collaboration with Nick Hornby, Broadgate sites, London (2018); In the Mood for Love, Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong (2018); 147, Folkestone Triennial (2017); A Means of Liberation, Newnham College, Cambridge University (2016); Songdo, Songdo, South Korea (2015); The Eccentricity of Zero, Royal British Society of Sculptors, Holland Park (2013); Together Yet Forever Apart, Liverpool Biennial (2012) and A Good Time and a Half!, Southbank Centre (2007). Tantra’s most notable public work includes a 300-metre long painted bridge commissioned for the 2012 Olympics, Canary Wharf, London.