Janaina Tschäpe was born in 1973 in Munich, Germany and was raised in Sao Paolo,
Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hochschule fur Bilende Kuenste,
Hamburg and her Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Tschäpe’s interdisciplinary practice spans painting, drawing, photography, video and
sculpture. Incorporating elements of aquatic, plant, and human life, Tschäpe’s universe
of sublime forms shift between representation, fantasy and abstraction.
Her paintings exist in a state of their own becoming, linking the process of artistic
practice to lifecycles found in nature. Each brushstroke partially occludes a previous
mark; their physically sensuous surfaces give way to topologies of finely calibrated hues.
In her performative photographic and video works, Tschäpe’s otherworldly creatures
inhabit hybrid states of being. The female form is often pictured with ballooning
appendages extending from the figure, sometimes overtaking her body to inhabit a fluid
space between human and cellular organism.
Janaina Tschäpe’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the
world, and is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Centre
Pompidou, Paris, France; Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France; National Museum of
Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna,
Austria; Colecão Gilberto Chateaubriand MAM Museu de Art Moderna do Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil; and Collection Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid,
Spain. Recent projects include Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary; CCBB Rio de
Janeiro; Jeu de Paume, Paris; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum,
Tampa; The 59th Minute with Creative Time in Times Square, New York; Fotomuseum
Wintherthur, Switzerland; and The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Tschäpe lives and works in New York.