"The Sky's the Limit"
For Tania Alcala, art is all about freedom.
Tania Alcala was born and raised in Mexico City. In 1989, Tania moved to the USA and became an American citizen in 2001. Tania obtained a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Ottawa University in Phoenix, AZ and a master's degree in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA.
The sense of the ethereal that Tania discovered in the paintings of artists like Mark Rothko, is what inspired her to take up flying. She took to the skies as a commercial pilot to seek the freedom she craved. While aviation offers mobility and a "heavenly" view of the world, the exacting, highly regimented aspects of that profession do not compare to the creative outlet she craved as an artist.
For Tania, her passion for painting is the ultimate act of freedom, allowing contradiction, intuition, risk and exhilaration to come into play.
Tania's large atmospheric pieces convey her deeply moving experiences from the skies along with her lifelong fascination with color. These abstract, expressionistic works of art have an inner complexity, compellingly and sensuously immersing the viewer in a uniquely personal way.
Her smaller paintings shift your view from her large-scale abstract expressionistic work of the sky to the intimately close up views of the earth. Tania adds a level of creativity to these small squares of the earth captured in acrylic paint. They can be re-arranged in an unlimited variety of combinations and their contemporary pop playfulness brings us firmly into the present. The resin finish on all Tania's work is similar in nature to the varnishes used by artists a century ago and acts like a mirror's reflecting surface, adding another dimension to this very 21st century painter's work.
Like the proverbial "the sky's the limit", Tania Alcala paints as she lives, in the spaces between heaven and earth.