Tanya Chaly was born in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in New York City. She is a visual artist and works across a variety of mediums using painting, drawing and printmaking. In her practice she examines ideas of the Natural World; the history of Natural Science, notions of nature and classifications of Wilderness and the fetishization of Nature. Currently she has been looking at Ecosystems, both the macro and micro relationships within these systems. She creates layered and involved worlds drawing on a wide range of influences from Gothic, Primitivism, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, and the Natural Sciences.

She has held several solo shows and been the recipient of a number of awards, residencies and prizes. In 2013 she was awarded a Residency at the Vermont Studio Center and in 2014 a Fellowship at the Constance Saltonstall Arts Colony, NY, USA.  Most recently she was awarded the 2014 Explorers Club Artist-in-Exploration Award (underwritten by Rolex USA). Her work was shown in 2012  at the Masur Museum of Art Louisiana, USA , SUNY Geneseo NY, and The Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Centre, MD. Her work can be found in the public collections of; The Explorer's Club, New York, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Nortel Australia, Crown Casino, Melbourne and other private and corporate collections in Australia, the UK and the United States.

In 1991 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in 1992 from the University Of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia. In 2002 she enrolled in a License Histoire D’art et Archeologie (Bachelor Of Art History) at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. In 2005 she was appointed a teaching position at the Ecole Media D’Art, Chalon sur-Saone, France and in 2007 she relocated to New York City.


  • 2017 Zeta Orionis Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, VT
  • 2016-17 Studio Residency, Brooklyn Art Cluster, NY 
  • 2016 Art of Science Residency, Ligo Project, New York, NY, USA
  • 2014 The Explorer's Club Artist-in-Exploration Award (Underwritten by Rolex USA).
  • 2014Fellowship Constance Saltonstall Arts Colony, NY, USA
  • 2013 Studio Residency, Vermont Studio Center, USA
  • 2012 Prizewinner Masur Museum of Art, Louisiana, USA
  • 2006 NSW Ministry for the Arts, Gunnery Studio Residency, Sydney, Australia 
  • 1997 Willoughby City Art Prize, NSW.
  • 1997 Musswellbrook Open Art Prize, NSW
  • 1996 Painting Section, (Acquisitive) Stanthorpe Arts Festival, Queensland. 
  • 1994 Open Section, Hunters Hill Art Prize, NSW
  • 1993 Cash Chapman Memorial Award, (Acquisitive), Bathurst Art Purchase, NSW
  • 1991 Youth Art Award, Hunters Hill Annual Art Exhibition, NSW.

Selected Published/Reproduced

  • 2018 Meier, Allison, "Artist's Responding to Birds and Their Habitat at One of New York's Great Natural Escapes", Hyperallergic, May 28th
  • 2018 Moustakas, Tiffany, “Flights of Fancy”The Riverdale Press, May 25th
  • 2017 Hynes, Victoria, "On the World Stage", Art Collector Magazine, Jan-March, Issue 79 Art_Collector_AU_2017.png
  • 2016 Kelley, J Kevin, "Species Interruptus", Sevendays VT, November 23rd
  • 2016 Van Tran Nguyen, "The Measure of All Things:Rethinking Humanism Through Art", University at Buffalo FINALMeasureCatalogue.pdf
  • 2015 Reproduction, Gold Coast City Art Prize Catalogue.
  • 2014 Whitman, Arthur, "Urban Colour Spectrum: Brooklyn Abstractionist Shines in CAP's Saltonstall Exhibit", Ithaca Times, July 16.
  • 2012 Rebecca Rafferty, Art Feature, City Newspaper,Rochester, February 7.
  • 2011 Ellen Xie, NYC Arts, West Harlem Arts Fund Blog http://nycarttours.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/tanya-chaly/
  • 2007 Elizabeth Fortescue, “First Steps” Australian Art Review, June 7.
  • 2007 Rose-Marie Hillier, “Mark His Words”, Australian House and Garden magazine. 
  • 2001 Victoria Hynes, catalogue essay, “Mysterious Terrain”.
  • 2001 Marrion McKinnon Kidd, Newcastle Star, Australia,“Galleries with Marrion Mckinnon Kidd”, March 13.
  • 2000 Victoria Hynes, “Quiet Achievers”Art and Australia, vol 37, no. 4.
  • 1999 Bruce James, review Sydney Morning Herald, “Sacred sights in search of a site”, Jan 9.
  • 1998 Sydney Morning Herald, Arts review, December 15.

Selected Collections