Darren Tanti’s painting, L’Annalisa, is exhibited in CHAPTER G – PHYSIOGNOMY

Darren Tanti (b. 1987) is an artist renowned for his technically accomplished and thematically loaded paintings. His focus is on hyper reality and the integration of the digital into exploratory painting techniques. In 2013 Tanti received a master of fine arts degree in digital arts with distinction from the Department of Digital Arts (MaKS) of the University of Malta. Presently he is a senior lecturer of fine art at MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts. He participated in the 15th BJCEM Young Artists Biennale in Thessaloniki in 2011, and Time, Space, Existence at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, through Architecture Project.

Darren Tanti, L’Annalisa, 2011, oil on canvas, 80 x 57cm. This portrait of a young, Maltese woman is a metaphorical marriage between traditional and contemporary representations of Maltese society. The fashionista staring defiantly out of the canvas smokes a cigarette yet is relocated, anachronistically, to different historical eras by the chiaroscuro effect and the Byzantine halo crowning her head.