A British artist of Balinese descent, Sinta Tantra was born in New York in 1979. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London 1999–2003 and at the Royal Academy Schools 2004–06.
Tantra is well regarded for her site-specific murals and installations in the public realm. These include works for the Southbank Centre, Liverpool Biennial, the Royal British Society of Sculptors and Transport for London. Tantra’s most notable work includes a permanent landmark commission for Canary Wharf completed for the Olympics in 2012 – a 300 metre long painted bridge stretching over the water in the heart of London’s business district. Recent public art commissions in 2015 include Newnham College in Cambridge University and the newly built ‘tech city’ of Songdo, South Korea.
Recent international group shows include Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra: Collaborative Works, Choi and Lager Gallery, Cologne (2015); Bend Sinister at i-CAN, Yogyakarta (2014); Gatekeeper at William Holman Gallery, New York (2014); Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design, Grand Kemang Hotel, Jakarta (2013); The Fine Line, Identity Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); and Confined, NEST Gallery, The Hague (2012).
A recipient of many awards including the prestigious Deutsche Bank Award, British Council’s International Development Award and shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize, Tantra’s work has been featured in both UK and international press including Tate Shots, FAD Magazine, Evening Standard’s Hot List 100, Nylon Magazine USA, the Jakarta Post and BBC Radio Indonesia.
Tantra’s work is in the collections of the UK’s Government Art Collection as well as private international collections. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show with Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong, June 2016.