Classically rendered compositions that challenge viewers' perceptions
John Tarahteeff was born in 1972 and raised in Santa Clara, California. He studied art at the University of California at Davis, graduating in 1994 with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Fine Art. His paintings were first introduced by Solomon Dubnick Gallery in 1998 and since he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been represented by Nüart Gallery for over a decade. Tarahteeff's paintings have been featured on the cover of American Art Collector Magazine and his work is in countless private collections.
"I abandoned illustrating the world in favour of following some mysterious subtext that emerges as the painting develops. I am lead by quirky impulses to exaggerate colour, or play with scale, in a way which often undermines the realism of the image, but ultimately leads to discoveries as the painting finds new improbable resolutions of form and content." - John Tarahteeff
John Tarahteeff’s paintings show great range, technical skill and seamless blending of intelligence and aesthetics. His work has a story to tell, exposing in a spontaneous moment the whole of the tale, in the deeply personal language of the artist.