tania day-magallon
TANIA DAY-MAGALLON was born in 1984 in Mexico City. She started her art education at a very young age, in a private artist studio learning portrait drawing and proportion. At the age of 13 she was admitted to the San Carlos Academy, a major art institution in Mexico city integrated to the Faculty of Arts and Design, where she learned human figure and anatomy in a life model studio.
She moved to Chicago at the age of 14 to attend a magnet high school focused in the arts, (Curie Metro H.S) participating in the University of Illinois Art program for young artists (Spiral workshop at UIC.
In 2003 she was admitted to the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking (Escuela Nacional de Pintura Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda” E.N.P.EG), which is a renowned Mexican Art College and University in Mexico City, where Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera taught for many years.
Tania has participated in numerous art events, classes for kids, and art documentaries. Her artwork has been displayed in several art exhibitions in both Mexico City and Chicago. In 2013 she moved to Rochester NY where she continues to be a part of the local art scene.
She's been a member of the Chicago based art collective called Pintoras Mexicanas since 2012, and recently joined the Artist Breakfast Group in Rochester, NY
With my work I always try to represent my personal vision of spiritual growth and transformation, using symbols and imagery that have also been present in alchemy, astrology and religion. My spiritual formation, religious beliefs, and my cultural identity are a big influence and inspiration in my paintings. Also, my personal experiences that have shaped my life and my thoughts are combined with mythological aspects and surrealistic scenes in each of my art pieces.
I mostly work with oils, but I also like working with watercolors, acrylics, and other mediums such as coffee and natural pigments, which to me are part of an everyday ritual; to start my day and the daily conversation with allegories from dreams and visions.
I have a strong influence from Mexican art movements since my formation has been in Mexican art schools, but I always intend to deliver my own personal ingredients in the process of making art, having my own style and technique.