Tanya Mayer is a master painter working primarily in watercolor on paper with the occasional use of ink and water dyes. Often depicting the human figure in shining, voluptuous form, her subjects pose nude or semi-nude in plush domestic settings or against stark single color backgrounds. Sensual in their posturing, sometimes accented by accessories or context, her subjects exude cool intensity. Mayer’s dreamy, seductive figures call to archetypes latent within our subconscious and draw on these, yet the artist also makes it clear that her subjects are not merely symbols, but rather exist as individual human beings. Calling her vignettes something close to “impressionistic realism,” her works offer glimpses into the tactile fascination of human flesh. Simple yet satisfying visual pleasure dominates as Mayer makes a strong case for the classical nude as an important motif of contemporary semi-realist painting.
Painter Tanya Mayer was born and raised in the Moscow region of Russia. She has exhibited throughout Europe including a recent show in Nice and participation in an annual salon held at the Louvre.