• Tanya Sternberg

    Tanya  Sternberg
    • Artist Statement
      • My recent body of work is Entitled Spaces Within. It explores the intimate relationship between people. This work is made up of a series of ink and line drawings as well as very large-scale canvasses. Whilst the ink drawings are precise and contained, the paintings are large and overflowing. There is a definite rhythm and fluidity within the works. The body of work questions how we move through space and time. The abstraction of the figures asks the question of what belongs to us and how do we merge into each other. At what point do we stop and start. Most importantly, how do we affect each other?
    • Biography
      • Tanya Sternberg was born in Durban in 1977. She studied graphic design at the Ogilvy & Mather Red and Yellow School of Advertising and Design. She moved to Australia where she worked for Time Inc across their publications. On return to Cape Town she started her own design agency called Ink Design.

        Tanya has passionately painted with oil on canvas for the last 20 years and is currently exploring ink on paper. Her subject matter is broad and includes portrait, figurative and landscapes. She currently paints at the Spencer Street Studio and from her home studio.

        Tanya draws inspiration from her environment, the subtle interactions between people around her and above all her family. She currently resides in Cape Town with her husband and three children.
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        I love the diversity of South African Art. Galia Gluckmans painting with paper.  Paul Senyal’s mixed media. Andrew Versters Mangrove Swamp paintings.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Robert Hodgins. His use of colour and space is electric. I find his subject matter disturbing and rewarding at the same time. 

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        Andrew Verster Mangrove Swamp exhibition for the virbrancy of colour, texture and scale of the paintings. Mark Rothko Tate Gallery for there colour, space  and calm. 

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        From the worlds beauty. From peoples subtle interactions between each other.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I always try paint with a sense of gratitude within myself.
         
        What do you like most about being an artist?
        The ability to express myself without using words.
         
        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        With much frustration but always with an attitude that tomorrow is another day:>

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        My greatest achievement is that my art gives me a sense of strength and calm which enables me to be a better mother, wife and person.
         
        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        I believe in Gandhi’s motto: “Be kind when possible. It is always possible.” One can change the world by grand gestures but equally importantly in minute subtle ways. I would like to be as generous as possible, be environmentally aware, be kind and gentle in all my interaction with fellow human beings.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        To create a body of work reflecting my recent trip to the Delta.  To continue with my study in ink drawings of the body.
  • Connected: 4/12 - Paper-cut Art by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Connected: 4/12
    Paper-cut Art / 100 x 100 cm
    R10 000
  • Yes - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Yes
    Ink Drawing / 48 x 65 cm
    R5 000
  • Flow - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Flow
    Ink Drawing / 59 x 42 cm
    R4 000
  • Sitting Calm - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Sitting Calm
    Ink Drawing / 65 x 48 cm
    R5 000
  • Shifting - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Shifting
    Ink Drawing / 48 x 65 cm
    R5 000
  • Quietness - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Quietness
    Ink Drawing / 48 x 65 cm
    R5 000
  • Calm - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Calm
    Ink Drawing / 48 x 65 cm
    R5 000
  • Unshackled - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Unshackled
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
    R4 000
  • Tranquility - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Tranquility
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
    R4 000
  • Holding Onto - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Holding Onto
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
    R4 000
  • Dawn or Dusk - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Dawn or Dusk
    Drawing / 59 x 35 cm
    R4 000
  • Balance/Harmony - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Balance/Harmony
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
    R4 000
  • The First Rain II - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    The First Rain II
    Drawing / 48 x 65 cm
    R5 000
  • The First Rain I - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    The First Rain I
    Drawing / 48 x 65 cm
    R5 000
  • Calm Lillies In Turbulent Waters  - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Calm Lillies In Turbulent Waters
    Painting / 240 x 180 cm
    R30 000
  • Where Heaven And Earth Meet - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Where Heaven And Earth Meet
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
    R6 000
  • Shifting Horizon - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Shifting Horizon
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
    R15 000
  • Beneath The Surface - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Beneath The Surface
    Painting / 90 x 90 cm
    R9 000
  • We Are All In This World Together - Paper-Cut Art by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    We Are All In This World Together
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 100 cm
    R10 000
  • Aerial II: The Marks We Leave - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial II: The Marks We Leave
    Painting / 150 x 150 cm
    R18 000
  • Reflect - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg TANYA STERNBERG
    Reflect
    Ink Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
    R4 000
  • Giving - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Giving
    Ink Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • Allure - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Allure
    Ink Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • Connected: 3/12 - Paper-Cut Art by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Connected: 3/12
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 100 cm
  • Reflections Of The Storm (diptych) - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Reflections Of The Storm (diptych)
    Painting / 70 x 70 cm
  • Awakening - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Awakening
    Drawing / 100 x 75 cm
  • Gratitude - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Gratitude
    Drawing / 110 x 80 cm
  • Patience - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Patience
    Drawing / 75 x 100 cm
  • Immerse - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Immerse
    Drawing / 48 x 60 cm
  • Rest - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Rest
    Drawing / 60 x 48 cm
  • Kindness - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Kindness
    Drawing / 48 x 65 cm
  • Shifting Views - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Shifting Views
    Painting / 100 x 120 cm
  • Dancing - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Dancing
    Painting / 100 x 120 cm
  • Passage Through Time - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Passage Through Time
    Painting / 100 x 150 cm
  • Just Pink - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Just Pink
    Painting / 120 x 120 cm
  • Connected: 1/12 - Paper-Cut Art by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Connected: 1/12
    Paper-Cut Art / 100 x 100 cm
  • Spaces Within II - Extra Large Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Spaces Within II
    Extra Large Painting / 300 x 134 cm
  • Spaces Within I - Extra Large Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Spaces Within I
    Extra Large Painting / 300 x 130 cm
  • Aerial III: Sometimes The Path Is Clearer At Night - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial III: Sometimes The Path Is Clearer At Night
    Painting / 150 x 150 cm
  • Aerial I: Where To? - Painting by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Aerial I: Where To?
    Painting / 150 x 150 cm
  • Grace - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Grace
    Drawing / 75 x 100 cm
  • A Moment - Fine Art Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    A Moment
    Fine Art Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • Offering - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Offering
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • Flux - Ink Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Flux
    Ink Drawing / 42 x 59 cm
  • Grounded - Drawing by Tanya  Sternberg
    TANYA STERNBERG
    Grounded
    Drawing / 42 x 59 cm