Renata Tassinari

Born in São Paulo, 1958


Graduated in visual arts from Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) in 1980. She also studied drawing and painting at the same time at the studio of artists Carlos Alberto Fajardo and Dudi Maia Rosa.


In the 80´s she produced prints with Brazilian Indian motifs for Arte Nativa Aplicada - ANA. In the past six years the painting of Renata Tassinari has become a fertile field of research and innovation. The canvas, no longer a neutral element, became part of the work. The artist paints on the acrylic surface, which is usually part of the work´s frame in a more traditional approach. At the same time, she leaves the frame of certain areas of the canvas cover just a white sheet of paper. Where there should be the transparency of the protecting acrylic of a sheet of drawing paper there is, instead, the painting. 


Conversely, where we see the sheet of paper there is only the whiteness of the paper that transforms itself into color. From the onset, the above procedures have unfolded into a series of works that would alternate the colors added to the acrylic and the framed whitness of the drawing sheets. In time, she began considering parts of the canvas as things - other things could be elements of the work as well. Wood of different colors and grooves and the inversion of the acrylic frame reverse has been her most recurring practice. 


Color has always been a crucial element in the artists´s works. To apply color in a canvas and let the canvas inhabit the world with its colors would be a brief description of what Ms. Tassinari has been trying to pursue. By considering parts of her work as worldly and palpable things as well, more intimate relations between the world and the canvas emerge and a work/color/world trinomial becomes perceivable.