My life and my work are about overcoming limitations. Some are cultural, some political, some sexual - many are self-imposed.
I embrace the gravitas, the depth and breadth of the beauty of women, which is limitless.
I sculpt from life - sometimes deconstructing the body to go beyond the limitations of figure-as-nude.
My ongoing current project is life-size sculptures of women ranging from twenty to seventy-five years old. This most personal work
is about love, vulnerability, self-revelation, and self-acceptance.
Tanya Ragir is a figurative sculptor who works in a variety of media, including bronze resin and clay. Her work is produced in either
limited editions of nine, or as unique pieces. Much of the work is inspired by the sensual relationship between landforms and human forms.
By framing details of the figure, then changing the scale, the allegory becomes apparent.
When sculpting people, Im interested in the essence of that person, I perceive beauty as authenticity, not perfection. In all the work,
I have a great reverence for grace, and I attempt to find a balance between sensuality and power. In recent work, I have been exploring my own conflict between
my love for beauty in the physical form and my striving to go beyond the surface in the expression of that beauty. Much of the work deals with the juxtaposition
of how a woman may be perceived externally, and her internal experience.
Tanya received a BA in Sculpture and Dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976.
Her work has received numerous awards, has been featured in film
and television productions and has been collected internationally.
Museums, collections, and public commissions include:
Publications Reviews, and Media include:
- Artisans Walk, City of Brea, California
- Rose Museum at Brandeis University
- Columbia College of Dance, Chicago
- Total Art museum, Seoul Korea
- Cultural Philisophic Center, Stokholm, Sweden
- Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art and Architecture Special Project
- Mannequin, Feature Film
- Two on the Town, TV Magazine show
- TV News Short, CBS Network , Dan Rather
- Los Angeles Times
- Sculpture Magazine
- Smithsonian Magazine
- Art Business News
- Glue Magazine
- Sculpture Review