Paris-based artist Micha Tauber, who was born in Germany of Dutch nationality, opens her first exhibition in the U.S. at Gallery 901 on October 20.
Tauber studied at the University of Fine Arts of Treves in Germany and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Arts and the Atelier National d’Art Textile in Paris.
She worked for a few years as a textile designer before devoting herself to painting full-time. Initially, she showed her work in local art fairs. Now, her vibrant paintings can be seen in exhibitions worldwide.
“Painting is an absolute need that opens me to life,” she explains via e-mail from Paris.
“It is my mode of communication, of expression. My paintings are my imaginary world, my bubble, my dreams, my wishes, my utopias, my stories.”
Travels, real or in the imagination, are at the center of Tauber’s life. She is as inspired by spending time with her two young daughters in Paris as she is by wandering the streets of a foreign city or drinking her morning coffee and watching the sun rise.
Colors and shapes, which reflect her inner being, play important roles in her work. Several images are superimposed in each piece. For Tauber, paintings often feel like journals or dreams.
“At the beginning, there is an idea,” she says. “Then comes work in several strata, encrusted with collages and papers collected during my travels. The work is done in several stages over several days. The final painting comes gradually.”
“My paintings become my own poetic reality,” she adds. “They are colorful, idealistic, fanciful, sensitive and harmonious.”