Tankateo is a French visual artist who spent the first part of her thirties in Perth, Australia.
She collects rustic furniture, old paints, and broken frames. She uses recycled canvases recovered with primer in her workshop surrounded by random portraits, weird broken dolls and the un-loyal neighbours dog
“I search emotions the face exudes, I look for the story behind the eye.”
Tankateo loves to create quirky portraits on a multitude of surfaces including paper, furniture and frames
“They could be interpreted as self-portraits”.
She studied in the South of France where she learnt academic drawing bases and experimented diverse mediums and supports. Thanks to a friend’s advice, she got into a Graphic Design School, it opened her to a technical approach of creation. The ability to fuse computer design with a fallible human hand.
We are in 2010 when Tankateo starts her travel with her ‘funny’ English and her compact Canon camera. New faces, new people, new shapes, everything seems brighter, larger. This experience gave her desire and reason to get back into an active art practice.
Her style is a mix of watercolor, ink, acrylic and black pen. She claims that her impulsive temperament sometimes clashes with the time and patience needed to develop any academic technique such as oil paint. Tankateo uses wooden furniture as a canvas but not only, tin boxes and cardboard are an example of her support range
In 2015, Tankateo has illustrated her first deck of playing cards and published it as a Limited Edition of a hundred. She believes it shows a desire to blend practicality and aesthetics. Since she has decided to create every year a Limited Edition 'I See You' deck of playing cards.
In December 2015, she has been published in the coffee book table called Amazing Australian Artists, featuring 66 visual Artists based in Australia, it opened her to new projects such as murals, school workshops and more.
She is also a member of the Artisan store and Uncharted Collective.