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 received the Bluhdorn Scholarship and continued 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 as part of the Data Motion Arts studio’s animation team, receiving various ASIFA and CINE awards.
In 2005 she joined the group of artists at MadArts Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and District and Co. Gallery in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she participated in several group exhibitions, focusing 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 the 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.
Important Dominican magazines and institutions have recognized her as a remarkable contemporary artist. She 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 also the author of the books:
- "I doodle; therefore, I am"
- "To doodle or not to doodle"
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.
Master and Commander | Volery Gallery, Dubai International Financial Center, United Arab Emirates | Dec. 8th-Jan. 3rd, 2022
The Dream and The Voyage | Centre of International Contemporary Art (CICA), Vancouver, Canada | Sept. 1st-Oct. 1st., 2022
As Far As Your Eyes Can See | Eligere Gallery, solo showcase at Kiaf PLUS, South Korea | Sept. 1st-2nd, 2022
Telenovela Life | GR Gallery, New York | June 9th-July 2nd., 2022
Untamed Truths | Lyle O. Reitzel Contemporary Art, Dominican Republic | December 9th-January 30th., 2021
Anacaona’s Revenge | Eligere Gallery, Seoul, South Korea | September 15th-November 30th., 2021
Santas y Tígueras | Museo Cándido Bidó, Bonao, Dominican Republic | Feb. 1st-April 30th., 2020
(In Between) | Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad, Norway | October 6th-October 28th., 2018
Here Versus There | Lyle O. Reitzel Contemporary Art, New York, NY | April 13th-May 30th., 2018
What was I thinking? | Lyle O. Reitzel Contemporary Art, Dominican Republic | September 10-October 10th., 2015
Delicious Torment | Lyle O. Reitzel Contemporary Art, Dominican Republic | July 18th-August 18th., 2013
The Awakening | Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas | 2012
Toxic Longings | Sensei at Panda Gallery, New York, NY | 2011
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The Power to Dream | (curated by James Bolton), with Eve Ackroyd; James Bolton; Lindsey Bull; Dante Cannatella; Nicolas Coleman; Claudio Coltorti; Claire Fahys; Barry McGlashan; Alice Grenier Nebout; Sally J. Han; Aly Helyer; Jean Julien; Karyn Lyons; JJ Manford; Tania Marmolejo; Sabine Moritz; and Torben Ribe. Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France | November 17th-January 14th, 2022
You Me Me You | Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles | September 3rd-October 29th, 2022
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Show & Exhibition | Columbia Presbyterian, New York | 2006
MAD ARTS SPRING SHOW | MadArts Gallery, Brooklyn, New York | 2006
MAD ARTS SPRING 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 | 2005
2021 | WOMEN AND THE CHANGING FACE IN ART. TEDxLaRomana. How female artists and their participation in art have been marginalized throughout history, and how and why this is changing today. This is a personal recount of how the artist has navigated the art world, adding her story to these optimistic, changing times through perseverance and always painting her truth. Painter, illustrator, textile designer, visual communicator, graphic animator, doodler, and author. When visually expressing emotions, experiences, and a profoundly insightful perspective of life, one can hardly find someone more authentic and vivid than Tania and her work. Her combined Dominican and Swedish ancestry and identity give her a unique edge in aesthetics and cosmopolitan views with a fresh and colorful expression. Yet, her work remains fully grounded and close to practical and essential topics ranging from children’s education, women’s role in society, and our commitment to the environment.