Tanzina is a Bangladeshi-Canadian artist in Toronto. Art has always been Tanzina’s passion as well as her retreat from the demands of everyday life. Having graduated in Architecture, Tanzina is drawn towards visual composition and balance. She is fascinated and inspired by colourful ethnic cultures and traditions. She loves forms which are powerful in their simplicity and embrace an abstract style.
To Tanzina, painting is meditative, therapeutic and expressive. It helps her be in the moment. She is continually modifying her style and techniques to find new ways of expressing herself. She loves to explore the realms of colour, texture and form.
Tanzina began drawing and sketching on her own as a teenager, and eventually took two years of formal training in traditional oil painting with a renowned Bangladeshi artist in the mid 1980s. Eventually she had no more time for art as she focused on her education, family and career. She started painting again after a 23+ year break and found herself moving away from realism and traditional styles. She began exploring abstract expressionism, including taking a few courses. As Tanzina continued to study and learn, she became more and more intrigued with the versatility of abstract art, and how it can evoke impulse in the viewer to find their own path to interpretation.
Tanzina works full time in a fast-paced industry. She also teaches art lessons and conducts workshops and paint parties. Tanzina loves to create fun and innovative art workshops such as expressionist style pet portraiture and self portraits. Besides her busy career, her art, and her teaching, Tanzina also co-owns “Artusiasm” with her husband and biggest fan Carlos Rodrigues, where they passionately promote local artists and professionally curate art exhibitions.
Art is Tanzina's passion – no matter what else has been occurring in her life, she has continued to work at growing as an artist and helping others to develop as well. She considers herself lucky that she has been able to find overlap in her personal and professional life.
Tanzina hopes her art makes a personal connection with the viewer.