Janaina Tschäpe (b. 1973) was born in Munich of German / Brazilian parents, but in recent years has been living in Brooklyn, New York. The visual expressions of the artist reflect her geographical, cultural and spiritual heritage. Her paintings and drawings influence her digitally-produced videos and photographs, all of which have a painterly character. Tchäpe is fascinated by perception and by what lies between the physical (i.e. the comprehensible) and the incomprehensible. Her vibrant paintings are home to strange biomorphic shapes, organic forms and gestalts, which at first appear familiar, yet not identifiable.
Janaina Tschäpe’s works are represented in numerous museum collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Reina Sophia, Madrid; Guggenheim, New York; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Janaina Tschäpe has had solo exhibitions at several public museums and art centers, including MoCA, Tucson; Arizona, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Roger Ballen Foundation, Johannesburg.