Tatiana Garmendia is a figu­ra­tive artist with a concep­tual twist. Her work synthe­sizes formal concerns and a human­ist engage­ment with history and culture. “History is not a subject I just picked up from a dusty school­book, but things I’ve actu­ally lived. I remem­ber play­ing in aban­doned missile trenches as a child,” says the artist, who was born in Cuba during the height of the Cold War. Repatriation from the Spanish govern­ment took the artist’s family first to Madrid, and later to the U.S.A.

Garmendia’s clas­si­cal train­ing began at the American University in Paris. Traveling through­out Europe, she also learned from the works of the old masters. Returning state­side, she contin­ued her formal educa­tion at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Florida International University, where she earned a BFA in 1985. After college, the artist taught draw­ing and paint­ing for five years. In 1990 Garmendia moved to New York to pursue grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn. A college art confer­ence brought the artist to Washington in 1993 and she fell in love with Seattle. A Cintas Fellowship the same year made it possi­ble for her to move to the Emerald City, where she currently lives and teaches.

Garmendia has exhib­ited her work through­out the United States and abroad. She has exhib­ited at The Bronx Museum of Arts, Art In General, and Stux Gallery in New York. Among the European galleries where Garmendia has shown are The Milan Art Center in Italy, Castfield Gallery in England, and the Galeria Riesa Efau in Germany. Her works are in public collec­tions in New York, Miami, Illinois, California, Ohio, and the Dominican Republic