Australian born artist Tania Wursig is of European heritage and has been based in both Sydney and Tahiti for the past decade.
Primarily a figurative and portrait painter, Wursig's work is predominantly a celebration of life, culture and the 'feminine'. Her recent paintings are imbued with strong cultural influences inspired by her travels and the people and the cultures that surround her.
A graduate of Sydney College of the Arts, majoring in fashion and textile design, Wursig experiments with the textural possibilities of painting on collaged surfaces of textiles, coconut husk, postcards and various ephemera collected on her travels. These grounds add narrative to the paintings connecting the subjects with culture and place.
"I have had the great privilege to live in Tahiti for extended periods for the past decade. This experience has opened my eyes and my heart to the importance of 'earth connection' and connection to culture. Over this time I have been fortunate to meet and learn from several cultural leaders and immerse myself in the richness of Tahiti's authentic traditions. This has become a great source of inspiration for me."
Having a diverse career that spans 3 decades, Wursig's prolific pursuits include numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally, directing and curating her own Gallery, (Gallery Aloft) from 2007-2013 and an annual 3-month painting residency in Tahiti.