The Power of Art
Tanya Gantiva has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and has found a calling in community outreach through the power of art. Gantiva believes art has the power to transform societies and heal individuals. She has presented her teaching methods for cultural integration in art education at multiple Texas Art Education Association conventions, including the National Art Education Association convention in New York City in 2017.
Gantiva founded ART P_WER in 2020, an organization that explores identity, multiculturalism and change through virtual art making sessions. Proceeds from these sessions as well as donations, help fund art supplies and art making opportunities for underserved communities in the Houston area. Gantiva also served as a visual arts instructor for the Indigenous Cultures Institute and is the former president of UT Artists in Action, the art education philanthropy chapter at the University of Texas. Through this organization, she helped bridge the gap between art students and those from other majors by hosting art-making events as well as community service projects. She continues to explore her art practice by actively seeking opportunities to create and collaborate with fellow artists and communities.
Tanya Gantiva is a Colombian artist based in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and is an art educator for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. She is an advocate for art education, research, and art therapy. Gantiva primarily works through painting but enjoys sculpture and printmaking. She explores the relationships between visible realities and their invisible counterparts: memories, emotions, and dreams.
Gantiva creates narratives through her works, thoroughly analyzing an experience down to its smallest compound. Her art ranges from surreal landscapes to abstract representations of her thought processes. Gantiva focuses on her multicultural development as an immigrant from Colombia to the United States and is inspired by the constant push and pull in everyday experiences from both cultures. She collaborates with the fluidity and movement of color and the depth that comes with it. Her studio practice is process oriented, testing out the physicality of the material and stretching its limitations.
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