Janaina Tschape

Janaina Tschäpe

Born 1973

Artist Details

Birth Place
Munich, Germany
Photography; multimedia; drawing; Painting; Sculpture
Places of Residence
Brooklyn; São Paolo
BFA, Hochschule fur Bilende Kuenste, Hamburg, 1997; MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, 1998
NMWA Exhibitions

Live Dangerously, 2019

Super Natural, 2015

Total Art: Contemporary Video, 2014

Virgin Territory: Women, Gender, and History in Contemporary Brazilian Art, 2001

About the Artist

Working across photography, video, painting, drawing, and sculpture, Janaina Tschäpe strives to reinvent perceptions of nature and the body. 

In her photography and video work, Tschäpe creates fantastical worlds that incorporate the bodies of mysterious or amorphous beings into organic landscapes, reflecting her interest in mythologies from around the world. Inspired by memories, myths, and dreams, Tschäpe often stages her models as nebulous creatures with appendages made from fabric, water-filled latex, or inflatables. She uses landscapes as a narrative source, where the whimsical and the actual coexist. Her  paintings and drawings feature saturated colors and reflect her interest in the fluid and transformative properties of water. Tschäpe’s work is highly personal—the artist alludes to her own mythology as well as humanity’s complex interactions with the natural world.

Tschäpe was born in Munich, Germany, and raised in São Paolo, Brazil. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. Tschäpe lives and works in Brooklyn.

National Museum of Women in the Arts