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Born in Timisoara, RO, I immigrated to the US when I was 10. My paintings tend to be haunted by that Romanian 8 year old who knew Ceausescu would never permit the asking of questions by doing. PhD, MFA, and Fulbright behind me, I seek partnerships.

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ABOUT ME

My paintings tend to be personal: I paint historical as well as more private portraits overshadowed from within, as it were, by that Romanian 8 year old I used to be who knew he wanted to be an artist but also knew Ceausescu would never permit the playing with meaning fine art demands. No, I guess didn't know this. I felt it.

Taking this scene as its point of departure, my work delves into things I am not fully conscious of: feelings are the thin red threads guiding my process, they give texture to memory. That texture, a combination of material artifacts we all carry, is what comes through the paintings. The paintings are a way of asking questions by doing first and conceiving second, if ever. I want you to experience the breathtaking pause between a feeling and a thought, between what the work says and what the viewer takes away. Shape, color, mark, maker: these can be familiar to a stranger and understood emotionally as memory, longing, loss, before or even without knowing the meaning of the artwork.

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AWARDS AND GRANTS

2012-13 J. William Fulbright Senior American Scholar, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
2011, 2012 Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP), Chicago, IL
2000-2001 Ester A. Madison Scholarship, University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA

PAST EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Overwritten by Paint, The Perkinson Art Gallery, Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Decatur, IL
2017 Face to Face, Decatur Area Arts Council: Madden Arts Center. Sept. 1-28, Decatur, IL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 The State of Our Shared Land, St. Louis Artists' Guild. Juror: Wassan Al-Khundairi, Sept. 28-Oct. 24. St. Louis, MO
2018
Edward's Place Fine Arts Fair, September 15-16. Springfield, IL
2018
SAA Collective Member Exhibition, H.D. Smith Gallery, June 1-30. Springfield, IL
2018
Visceral and Visionary, Alfa Art Gallery, June 19-August 31. New Brunswick, New Jersey
2018
Head Like a Stone, M.G. Nelson Family Gallery. March 2-31. Springfield, IL
2017 A Show of Heads, Limner Gallery. Oct. 18-Nov. 11. Hudson, NY
2016 Millikin Academic Interdisciplinary Conference (MAIC), R. Treat University Center, Decatur, IL
2008 ArtWalkRavenswood Tour of Arts & Industry, Ravenswood Corridor, Chicago, IL
2007
I heart America and America hearts me, Old Gold Exhibition, (curated by Sze Lin Pang) Chicago, IL
2004
Perceptions of Christ/Images of Faith, Assumption College: E. d’Alzon Library, Worcester, MA
2003
Art of the Library, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
2002
Around the Coyote Arts Festival, The Flatiron Arts Building, Chicago, IL
2002
Striding Lion InterArts Festival, The Red Lion, Chicago, IL
2002
Show Up, Gallery 2828, Chicago, IL
2001
Violent Interstices, WHAT Gallery, Iasi, Romania
2000
Sin Nombre, Galeria Punto y Linea—Arte Contemporaneo, Oaxaca City, Mexico
1999
Heads, English-Philosophy Building, Iowa City, IA
1996
Figure, Holmes Student Center Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

PUBLICATIONS

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Packingtown Review. Vol. 9. Spring 2019. Print. Chicago, IL
ArtAscent Magazine. Lost Issue. Vol. 27 (back cover) Fall 2017. Print.
Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art. Issue 37. (cover, 8 interior images) Fall 2017. Print. Fairmont, WV
Simmons, Lysette.
Dear Robert. (cover) MadHat Press. 2013. Print. Asheville, NC
Fox, Hugh. Primate Fox. (cover) MadHat Press. 2012. Print. Asheville, NC
Tanta, Gene. Unusual Woods. (cover) BlazeVOX Books. 2010. Print. Buffalo, NY
Vitkauskas, Lina. The Range of Your Amazing Nothing. (cover) Ravenna Press. 2010 Print. Spokane, WA
Hughes, Peter and Gene Tanta. Cosimo & the Queen’s Peach. (cover) Knives Forks and Spoons Press. 2010. Print. Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, UK
Tanta, Gene. KPMX: An Illuminated Chapbook. (cover) SUNY-Binghamton, NY: The Cartographer Electric. 10 Oct., 2010. Web. Binghamton, NY
Cream City Review. Vol. 32, Issue 2, five images, Fall 2008. Print. Milwaukee, WI
Tanta, Gene. Unusual Woods. (cover) Chapbook of 24 poems. Milk Magazine. 2008. Web.
Cream City Review. Vol. 30. Issue 1 two images, Spring 2006. Print. Milwaukee, WI
Ciupag, Mirela R., Gene Tanta. You’ll Blow Away. (cover) Chapbook of 28 poems, 16 Romanian translations. Layout: Radu Andriescu. Editura T Press. 2001. Print. Iasi, Romania

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