Tania Marmolejo Andersson was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1975). Influenced by her Scandinavian and Caribbean heritage, she studies Graphic Design and Illustration in Norway and returns to the Dominican Republic to study Fine Arts at the Altos de Chavón School of Design.
In 1998 she receives the Bluhdorn Scholarship, and continues her studies at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, graduating from Fine Arts and Illustration in 2000.
She begins her artistic career as an illustrator for the fashion and lifestyle sections of Obsidiana magazine (New York). During these years, she also designs characters and backgrounds for MTV, PBS, Hyperion/Disney, and Scholastic Books among others, as part of the Data Motion Arts studios animation team, receiving various ASIFA and CINE awards.
In 2005 she joins the group of artists at MadArts Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and District and Co. Gallery in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she participates in several group exhibitions, focuses entirely on the development of her artistic career along with the design. Since then, her work has been exhibited in numerous collective national and international exhibitions, several Iberoamerican Art Salons in Washington DC, representing Dominican Republic; as well as in international art fairs such as Context Art Miami during Art Basel, and Pinta NY, represented by Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery; and SCOPE 2016, Miami Beach, represented by Azart Gallery.
She has also designed textiles for the L’Amour by Nanette Lepore line for JC Penney, and Nicole Miller Intimates, among others, as well as an artistic tile collection for Aguayo Tiles in The Dominican Republic.
Marmolejo was selected to represent the Dominican Republic with her textile designs at the Fourth and Sixth Ibero-American Design Biennial (BID), in Madrid, Spain, in 2014 and 2018. The Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño (BID), organized by DIMAD every two years at Central de Diseño in Matadero Madrid is “the foremost gathering point for professionals and institutions of design in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal“.
Her artwork has been displayed as part of important national cultural campaigns in the Dominican Republic, like the household name Cerveza Presidente campaign “Celébralo con Orgullo” (Celebrate with pride) in 2020.
She has been recognized as a remarkable Dominican contemporary artist by important Dominican magazines and institutions, and is part of the book “Dominicanas fuera de serie. 150 mujeres que transformaron la República Dominicana” (Dominicans out of the charts. 150 women who transformed the Dominican Republic), by Geraldine de Santis, 2021.
She is the author of the books:
Marmolejo is also the illustrator of a children book series ‘Tales of the biosphere reserve’ on the fauna and flora of Hispaniola and the national parks in the Dominican Republic: “Pedrito y el cacaotal”, “Tambor y misterio”, “Cuando el viento habla”, “¡Es la tierra más hermosa que ojos jamás hayan visto!”, y “Chicui corazón de joya”.
She currently resides in New York, where she is devoted full time to her artistic practice.
Selected Solo Shows
- 2020 Santas y Tígueras, February 1-April 30. Museo Cándido Bidó, Bonao, Dominican Republic
- 2018 (In Between), October 6-October 28. Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad, Norway
- 2018 Here Versus There, April 13-May 30. Lyle O Reitzel Gallery, New York, NY
- 2015 What was I thinking?, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Dominican Republic
- 2013 Delicious Torment, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Dominican Republic
- 2012 The Awakening, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas
- 2011 Toxic Longings, Sensei at Panda Gallery, New York, NY
Selected Collective Exhibitions
- 2017 CONTEXT – Art Miami, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, December 5th – 10th, Miami, FL
- 2017 Dialogue, Azart Gallery, Sept 28th – Oct 14th, Chelsea, New York
- 2017 22 on Tour, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Mar 23rd – Apr 25th, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2016 SCOPE Miami Beach, Azart Gallery/ArtLeadHer booth F33, Miami Beach, FL
- 2016 ARTWALK NY, Collective auction/ Benefiting Coalition for the Homeless, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
- 2012 CONTEXT – Art Miami, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Miami, FL
- 2012 Extraordinary 5, Group Show, Cafeina Wynwood Art Center, Miami, FL
- 2011 Super Heavy, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2011 Hyperboreans, Group Show, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY
- 2011 Enigmatic Visions, William Bennett Gallery, Soho, New York
- 2011 PINTA ART FAIR 2011, The Modern & Contemporary Latinamerican Art Fair, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, New York
- 2011 Superheroes (Courtesy of Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery) Casita Maria Center, New York
- 2010 PINTA ART FAIR 2010, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, NewYork
- 2010 Veuve Cucaracha: A Contemporary Art Homage to Pura Belpre, LES & Abrazo Interno Gallery/The Clemente, New York, NY
- 2010 Collective Show, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2010 HIBRIDOS – Arte Dominicano, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
- 2009 XVIII IBERO – AMERICAN ART SALON, Katzen Art Center, Washington DC
- 2008 ART COLLISION Traveling Art Exhibit, San Francisco, CA
- 2008 XVII IBERO – AMERICAN ART SALON, Katzen Art Center, Washington DC
- 2007 FEMENINO SUBTERRANEO, District & Co., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2006 THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Show & Exhibition, Columbia Presbyterian, New York
- 2006 MAD ARTS SPRING SHOW, MadArts Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
- 2005 MAD ARTS WINTER SHOW, MadArts Gallery Brooklyn, New York
- 2005 Suite Quisqueya: New Dominican Painting, District & Co. Opening Exhibition, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2005 MADARTS FALL SHOW, MadArts Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
- 2005 PARK SLOPE STUDIO TOUR OPENING EXHIBIT, MadArts Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Selected Talks & Panels
- 2013 STOREFRONT FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE. Launching Storefront International Series Dominican Republic. New York, NY. Storefront kicked off the Storefront International Series with Storefront IS Dominican Republic which took place from June 25 – June 30, 2013 . This launch event gathered Dominican/New Yorkers with a series of performances, toasts, manifestos, poems, images and more. The event aimed to inform, open up and simultaneously frame the conversations and events to take place during the first Storefront I.S event in the Dominican Republic from June 25 – June 30, 2013. Event participants included Josefina Baez, Gerard Ellis, Quisqueya Henríquez, Claudia Herasme Alfonso, Tania Marmolejo and Gustavo Rodriguez.
“…Tania Marmolejo’s work mixes those rare qualities of beauty and mystery, modernity and timelessness, and exceeds this vanguard breeze with a very contemporary approach. Her vibrant palette of red, ocher, and gold has the warmth of the sun after a snowstorm, and has the intensity of Egon Schiele passed through a filter of Manga. This is not a simple sum of influences, but a new visual otherness.
…Indeed, innocence and seduction – or the seduction of innocence-, are pillars of her work; the intensive energy of her paintings owing to the tension between those pseudo opposites.”
Art Critic The Miami Herald. North American Academy of The Spanish Language (ANLE)
“There is something oddly familiar yet distinctly unsettling about Tania Marmolejo’s enigmatic works”
“The peculiar viewing angle and close-up cropping of her figure evokes both the claustrophobic ways in which young girls are often corseted by their parents and their consequent anxiety and emotional unease upon coming of age.
…With their innocent features and inscrutable expressions, Marmolejo’s quixotic creatures can convey complex emotions ranging from vulnerability to defiance or even regret. For Marmolejo, who adroitly combines technical precision with a vision at once beautiful and disquieting, it’s the viewer who becomes implicated as a voyeur of her dreamy narratives while witnessing the subtle struggles implicit in her works.”
Carlos Suarez De Jesus