Tatjana Hutinec


ARTIST’S STATEMENT / BIO

"Art is not just a product, an end in itself, it is a start of a process" says Hutinec, "During the creative process I pay attention to what emerges from exploring the dynamics between self and nature, self and culture, self and ego, as viewed through multiple lenses of psychology, philosophy, and science, and this self-exploratory inner dialogue and debate continues between a viewer and the work of art."

Tatjana Hiutinec creates metaphorical expressionistic, subjective, personal artwork that conveys emotion, bursts with dynamic and sometimes chaotic rhythms of jarring colors organized by the intuitive search for an aesthetic balance. Her painterly vision encompasses fascination with human nature, ecology, and symbolic messages of ancestral folklore and myths.

Hutinec has been exhibiting her artwork at galleries and events in Croatia and Canada. She studied art and design in Zagreb, Croatia. Displaced due to the war in Croatia in 1990, Tatjana found opportunities for work in Toronto’s film and theatre industry sculpting and painting fantasy and special effects costumes and sets. She also taught art workshops at schools and communities funded by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Art Council.

Public art commissions include sculptures for Luminato at Harbourfront and paintings for the City of Toronto's Street` Art program.

Tatjana's work has been featured on TV (CBC, OMNI), in newspaper editorials (Toronto Star, Vecernji list-Zagreb) and in books (Contemporary Ceramics in Croatia).