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Tamara Wasserman

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Riga, Latvia

Lives in
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Works in
Chicago, Illinois, USA


Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, 1987, BFA

graffiti/street-art, mixed-media, figurative, abstract, narrative, postmodern, intuitive, text-oriented, layered painting mixed-media mixed-media



Artist’s Statement

I draw inspiration from the disturbance of the mundane. I find visuals in life that surrounds me, and manipulate them into something that they are normally not, basically changing the obvious, the common, the familiar, creating a scene, the was never seen before, but is emotionally recognizable.

For me art making is a philosophical quest. I believe that if you wish to get hold of the invisible, you must penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible (Max Beckman).  Some of the methods that I use are: changes in perspective and physical orientation, mimicry, juxtaposition of tactile (found objects collage) and painterly, playing games with visual expectations and more.

Most of my work is painting on canvas, wood panel or paper, with added elements of collage.  In order to quickly “lay out ” an idea, I start with acrylics, charcoal and pastels. After that I work with very thin coats of paint, eventually adding impasto in a few areas, and building up transparent, semi-opaque and opaque layers as the work develops. Oils are usually added at later stages, to create more precise and subtle effects. My work is always a give and take between the abstract and the representative. In the last couple of years I started adding found surfaces, like pieces of clothing, napkins, candy-wrappers, etc. to my work. This helps me introduce another level of reference, of contrasts and affinities into a piece, and emphasizes tactile qualities, which effect and express the sensual aspect of art and life.

 Tamara Wasserman


CV: Recent exhibitions and performances

2013 Monthly Third Friday Art Events at Bridgeort Art Center Studio in Chicago

2013 Nasty, Brutish and Short Cabaret Show at LInks Hall, Chicago

2012 Paper Boat Puppet Group performs in numerous Chicago Public Library locations

2012 CWCA Women History Month Exhibition, Northern Trust Bank, Chicago

2011   Curated and participated in: "Ballou and You", the Chicago Artist Month exhibition, Chicago

2011  Participted in Fanthom  Gallery's "Art-Hive" project for the Milwaukee Ave. Art Fest, Chicago

2011    “Sanctuaries in Time”; National Juried Exhibition of the Jewish Artists Network, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at Columbia/Barnard University, New-York City

2010    “No Place Like Home”; a juried group exhibition of women art at the Koehnline Museum of Art,  (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)

Oct. - Nov.2009  Down to There: Women and Their Relationship to Hair; a juried group exhibition at the Koehnline Museum of Art (Oakton Community College, Desplaines, IL)

October 2009  Chicago Revisionists: History, Memory and Dreams group show at the Phantom Gallery, Chicago

September 2009 Featured Member Artist on the Women Caucus for the Art website,

June 2009       The Square Foot Show, Galaxie. Chicago          

June 2009 The Little Black Book group exhibition, showcasing the artistic process from sketches to finished artwork, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, New York,

2009   5th Annual National Self-Portrait Online Exhibition, 33collective Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009  rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change, The Art Lounge, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2008 - 2009 The Healing Power of Art; an online juried exhibition, the Excellence Award,

2008 Chicago Art Open 2008, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL USA 

2008 A solo exhibition at the Bankoff Gallery of the Jewish Federation of Saint Joseph Valley in  

 South Bend, Indiana 

2008  Group show at the Durstadt Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (part of the 

 rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change project) 

2008 Sustaining the Environment, an ongoing on-line exhibition of art-cards, made from and on recycled  materials, http://wcaartwavesinternational.blo... 

2007 Words Within -  National Juried Exhibition  of the Jewish Artists Network, Kraft Center for Jewish Life at

Columbia/Barnard University, New-York City (February/March) and Rubin-Frankel Gallery at the Boston University Hillel (April/June)

2005                  "Travelling" group show, IADT Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005    Member of the Planning Committee and exhibitor for the "Freedom/Response" Art Exhibition, at the Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois

2004                  Chicago Art Open

2004                  "Eroticism" group show, IADT Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2004                  Film score for "F vs. P", a film by Nader Nikoupour

2003-2004          "Less is More" Group Show of small size art, TZ Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003                  Paintings on display at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design Faculty Showcase

2003                  "Documentation" group exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2003                  Ox-Bow Winter Benefit Auction, Chicago, IL

2001                  Artwork exhibited at Chicago Art Open, Chicago , Illinois

1999-2000         Paintings represented by Gallery Alexie, New York City, NY           

2000                  Created and produced “The Russian Salon”, a show dedicated to the Russian Avant-Garde Art for the Chicago Cultural Center. Credits include writing, acting, directing.

2000                  Wrote, directed and produced "Flying Folios", a 24-minutes long mockumentary, the starting point of which is a desire of a  young man to find out anything about Vladimir Nabokov.

2000                  Solo exhibition at Stephen Gang Galleries/Gallery Alexie, New York, NY.

1999                  A series of drawings for a one person play "Blow me". Trap-door Theater, Chicago

1999                  Two multimedia projects (short films with special effects), "Paris Sex-Shop" and "Being Japanese",   shown at EXE, Digital Media Spectacle Event. Chicago IL                 

1999                  Paintings on display at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design Faculty Showcase

1998      Showed paintings and participated in the IMAGEBOMB multimedia installation for the Around the Coyote Art  Festival, Chicago, IL.

1998      Acted in the production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame, directed by Amy Kerwin at the University of Illinois Studio Theater.

1997                  Exhibited paintings for the Around the Coyote Art Festival, Chicago, IL

1997                  A Group Show of hand-made books, Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL

1996 – 2002       member of the pop-rock band Phenomenal Cat

1996      VR Film PARTIA PROJECT, by Irene Vodar; the Lead.

1994      "Balloon" - a video-film by Andrei Rabodzeenko; Actress.

1991-1994          Paintings represented by Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL.

1993      «Viva la Comedia!» - an installation for the Doorika Theatre benefit, Chicago, IL.

1992      Acted in "Parlando" - a play by DOORIKA, an experimental Theatre Company, Chicago, IL

1990      MAZURKA - a video film by Michael Wasserman; the smoking woman.

1989      Group Show in the REGA Art Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel.






Recent Exhibits

Tamara Wasserman participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2011 Art-Hive at the MAAF 2011, Chicago
Logan Square, Chicago
Oct, 2010 No Place Like Home: Examining Changing Landscapes in Our Lives
Koehnline Museum of Art
Oct, 2009 Chicago Revisionists
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network - blog
Michigan Union Art Lounge
Feb, 2007 Words Within
The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life -Columbia / Barnard Hillel

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