Tanya Miller Biography

Tanya Miller




Tanya Miller, printmaker, painter, and illustrator, was born in Khabarovsk, Russia in 1979, the largest city in Far East Russia located along the Chinese border. At age three her family moved to Kaliningrad at the opposite end of Russia – on the Polish border. Her formal art lessons began at Kaliningrad University where she graduated in 1999. Following this she emigrated to the United States to complete her studies, earning her MFA at Dordt College, Iowa, in 2004. Miller credits her father, himself an artist, with inspiring and encouraging her to become an artist. 

Among her influences are Heironymus Bosch, Canaletto, and other European Old Masters as well as 19th centuy Symbolism. Whether working in oils or prints, her work features highly detailed, fantastic, and classical elements in an almost surreal setting, often borrowing from the compositional style frequently seen in 16th century works: a central figure or subject in the foreground, the horizon composed of distant landscapes or cityscapes. She currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

Selected exhibitions:
2002: Iowa College Salon XXIII, Brunnier Art Museum, IA
2002: 15th Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Louisiana
2003: "Clown Show," group exhibition, Charles Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
2007: Print Group Show, Perfect Pair Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008: XXXII International Exlibris Congress exhibition, Beijing, China
2010: "Alice in Wonderland" Sow, Curly Tale Gallery, Chicago
2011: Triennial of Graphic Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
2011: "Artists in Wonderland," group show, EA Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2011: 22nd Annual Small Print Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago
2012: "Visionairies: the Art of the Fantastic," QCC Art Gallery, New York, NY
2013: Group printmaking show, Galerie Karin Sutter, Basel, Switzerland
2013: "Surrealism: Tanya Miller, Sergey Tyukanov," 61 Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2014: "The Paradoxes of Louis Carroll," Gallery Nevsky, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014: Exhibition Number One, Gallery KINO, Moscow, Russia