Tanya Chaly was born in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in New York City. She is a visual artist and works across a variety of mediums using painting, drawing and printmaking. In her practice she examines ideas of the Natural World, the history of Natural Science, notions of nature and classifications of Wilderness, and the fetishization of Nature. Currently she has been looking at Ecosystems, both the macro and micro relationships within these systems. She creates layered and involved worlds drawing on a wide range of influences from Gothic, Primitivism, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, and the Natural Sciences.
In 2005 she studied Fine Arts at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. She received a BFA and went onto complete Post Graduate Studies in Painting at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia. She has held several solo shows and been the recipient of a number of awards, residencies and prizes. Most recently in 2013 she was awarded a Residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work was shown in 2012 at the Masur Museum of Art (Louisiana), SUNY Geneseo (NY), and The Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Centre (MD). Her work can be found in the public collections of: The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (NSW), Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (Queensland), Nortel Australia, Crown Casino (Melbourne), and other private and corporate collections in Australia, the UK and the United States.