Sandra Tarantino

Sandra Tarantino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, and Bachelor of Education. She has actively participated in the artistic community as Founder and Director of C1 art space (2004-2011) and Co-Founding Director of AWOL Gallery and Studios (1996-2012). She is a past recipient of the Visual Artist Grant (2007, 2005, 2003), Exhibition Assistance Grant (2006, 2005) and Artist in Education Grant (2008 to 2012) from the Ontario Arts Council. She currently teaches children, youth and adults in a variety of mediums, including mural creation, mixed media painting and ceramic sculpture with Avenue Road Arts School, VIBE Arts and with other organizations. Tarantino continues to exhibit her paintings, shaped canvases, ceramic sculptures and other mixed media works with pieces held in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe.

The In Pursuit Series are studies of goldfinch birds that metaphorical represent human interactions and traditional roles of men and women. The placement of the canvases are boxed scenes that create tension and focus of each bird’s actions and behavior. The pieces speak of lust, attraction and theatrics of the lure.