Tanya Chaly was born in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in New York City.
She creates layered and involved worlds that draw on a wide range of influences from Gothic, Primitivism, Eastern Philiosophy, Psychology, the Natural and Scientific Sciences. The ongoing themes in her work are memory, myth, fragmentation, loss, illusion and the natural world. She uses atmospheric and charged landscapes and figurative images to explore these ideas.
In her recent practice she has been looking at the idea of turning nature into a cultural artefact. Presenting animals and elements of the natural world as the remains of a cultural memory.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and went onto to complete a Post Graduate Diploma from the University Of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia. In 2002 she enrolled in a License ( Bachelor Of Art History) at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. In 2005 she was appointed a teaching position at the Ecole Media D'Art, Chalon sur Saone, France and in 2007 she relocated to New York City.
She has held several solo shows and been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes. They most recently being in 2006 a NSW Ministry for The Arts, Gunnery Residency in Sydney, Australia. She has exhibited in numerous group and selected exhibitions these include the Australian Contemporary Art Fairs, Melbourne, Australia ,The Leicester City Gallery, UK, EICH University of Humberside Gallery, Hull, UK and Sint Lucas Galerij, Bruxelles, Belgium. Her work can be found in public collections; The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Nortel Australia, Crown Casino, Melbourne and other private and corporate collections in Australia, the UK and the United States.