Tania Alcala’s paintings are about finding the joy of being and freedom within herself. Her work is about experiencing consciousness and presence with the seduction of color with her brush strokes.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Tania obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ottawa University in Phoenix, AZ and a Master’s degree in Arts and Consciousness and Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA.
The sense of the ethereal that Tania Alcala discovered in the paintings of many artists like Mark Rothko, Yves Tanguy, Robert Rauschenberg and Eduardo Matta 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 achieves as an artist.
For Alcala, 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.
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.
Tania credits the American artist Julianna Poldi, and the German artist Christine Peirano and for directing her passion for color into Abstract Expressionism that freed her from the realism of her early teachers.
“The purpose of art is the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity” -Glenn Gould