Tanja Maria Ernst
Tanja Maria Ernst was born in Stuttgart in 1971, and after her years spent as an apprentice goldsmith and wandering journeyman, she returned to her home city in 1997 to begin her studies at the Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design under Jürgen Rose. Her early years there were difficult, as her interdisciplinary interests meant that she almost left the university, and she eventually switched to the ranks of the students of design for communication. She studied under Manfred Kröplein, Martin Woodtli and Uli Cluss, but never gave up her frequent visits to the establishment’s painting classes. Her graduation project was the first installation ever to be accepted for a degree in the field of Design for Communication.
After her studies, she began to devote herself exclusively to painting and, since 2008, has been represented by the Galerie Amrei Heyne in Stuttgart.
In addition to her regular solo exhibitions at home, she has also participated in exhibition projects in Switzerland, the United States and South Africa. As the great niece of the surrealist Dada artist Max Ernst, in 2010 she was invited to an SWR (Southwest Broadcasting) production in Baden Baden with Wieland Backes. In 2007 she received her first art award. In 2011 an initial work was acquired by the state of Baden-Württemberg for its public collection.
In her paintings she attempts to trace the desires of her time and has developed an enormous sensitivity for the topics that move German society and that will shape it in the coming years. Subjects such as homeland and religion were tackled in her work as early as 2002, whilst she was still a student, and long before programme formats from broadcaster Sat 1 such as “Stadt-Land-Lust” were developed, or glossy magazines dealing with the subject of “homeland” had made their way onto the market.
Which direction her work will take in the coming years remains to be seen. Tanja M Ernst always tries to keep her finger on the pulse. Subjects such as nature, romance and escapism are sure to continue to play an important role in the self-image of Germans in the near future, in the same way as the textual development of projects in the work of Tanja Maria Ernst.
Alongside her own work, the life and work of Max Ernst is of great importance to her. For many years she has participated in exchanges of knowledge with art historians and personal friends of Max Ernst.
A selection of artworks by Tnaja Ernst can be found here >>