BIOGRAPHY
Ana Milena Tamara is a Colombian-born American artist and educator whose art has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.

She has received several awards from the Gateway International Competition, Light, Space & Time Competition, City of Miami, South Miami and Aventura in Florida, selected by juror David H. Reuss for the “Juried Fine Art Exhibit 2015” at the Mills Pond House Gallery in Long Island, New York, selected finalist in “The Sedona Art Prize International Painting Competition” by judge Kathryn Stats. Her work has been published in magazines and news media, and she has been interviewed in TV cultural programs.

Tamara graduated with honors from Universidad Autonoma in Colombia as an interior designer / architect and worked as a professor at her alma mater while teaching private art classes at her studio, and doing commissioned art.

Tamara moved to Miami, Florida in the United States where she focused experimenting with new ideas and materials while exhibiting. During that time, she continued her education by assisting to Hernan Miranda atelier in Miami. 

Her ongoing interest in the juxtaposition of lines, shapes, bits and pieces had led her to abstract painting. Tamara plays with organized forms, follows the needs of the canvas and in the process focuses in surface quality, color relationships and formal design and does not intend to send a social or political message.

Her art is included in corporate and private collections nationally and internationally. 
She loves creating art, enjoys family, likes to socialize with unique transparent humorous people with purpose in life, and since 2016 Tamara resides in Augusta, Georgia where she lives with her husband.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Through painting, I seek to use various geometric formulas to explore key compositional elements, create visual engagements through line, color, form and texture in an aesthetically pleasing way.  By designing and composing my paintings I also develop my own unique artistic voice and expand my abilities through constant experimentation with different materials. 

I’m interested in humanity’s complexity and beauty with its many physical characteristics and psychological layers, and my architectural background influences me to deconstruct figures by creating planes, juxtapositions, lines, layers, and flirt with color to transport the representational to geometric compositions emphasizing their identities. 

I also like to play with pure geometric forms to design compositions by adhering to concepts like ordered complexity, where things build up from a simple base structure by following a set of predetermined rules, and self-organize as they go, using a predetermined technique and range of colors but I also explore spontaneity and chance. 

RESUME
Selected Exhibitions
2017 - Augusta Municipal Building, “Winter Exhibit”, juried by Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta, Georgia,UnitedStates 2017 - Light, Space & Time Competition, “Patterns, Textures & Forms”, juried by John R Math – Jupiter, FL, United States
2017 - Gateway International Painting Competition, One of 12 Finalists, juried by Carl Dalio - Sedona, CA, United States
2017 - Sacred Heart Cultural Center, “Wet Paint Exhibition”, juried by The Greater Augusta Arts Council – Augusta, GA, United States
2016 - Anami Studio, “The Red Abstraction”, juried by Giovanni Volpe - Miami, FL, United States
2015 - Spectrum Miami Art Show, (Art Basel Week), Blink Group Gallery, juried by Elizabeth Reyes – Miami, FL, United States
2015 - Mills Pond House Gallery, “Power and Strength”, juried by David Reuss – Long Island, NY, United States
2014 - The Palm, “Art at the Bay”, juried by Monica Sanchez, Miami, FL, United States
2013 - Anami Studio, juried by Patricia Minski – Miami, FL, United States
2012 - Galeria Arco, “Carnival”, juried by Gloria P Williams – Cartago, Colombia
2010 - Schmith & Sandoval Gallery, “Connecting Two Worlds”, juried by Ramiro De La Ossa – Lima, Peru
2009 - Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, juried by School of Fine Arts – Lima, Peru
2008 - MiArte Gallery, “20x20” – Coral Gables, FL, United States
2007 - Galeria Agencia Periodistica CID - Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 - Tamarart Studio – Aventura, FL, United States
2005 – NuConcept – Miami Beach, FL, United States
2004 - Agora Gallery – New York, NY, United States
2003 - Q Lounge – Aventura, FL, United States
2003 - Aventura Community Center, “Residents Art Exhibition” – Aventura, FL, United States
2003 - Period Gallery, “Abstracts”, juried by Curtis Harris – Omaha, NE, United States
2002 - Miami International Airport – Miami, FL United States
2002 – Colombian Consulate, “Three Latin American Artists” – Coral Gables, FL, United States
2001- Ara Gallery, “Caribbean Cultural Month”, juried by Pilar Tobon – Coral Gables, FL, United States
2001 – Period Gallery, “International Art Exhibition”, juried by Curtis Harris – Omaha, NE, United States
2000 – Wirtz Gallery – First National Bank, “Ibero-American Art” – South Miami, FL, United States
2000 – Sol Gallery, “Spring Expressions” – Coconut Grove, FL, United States
2000 – Museum of the Americas, “Women of the 2000” – Coral Gables, FL, United States
Recognition and Awards
2017 - Gateway International Painting Competition, juried by Carl Dalio, Within 12 Finalists – Sedona, CA, United States
2017 - Light, Space & Time Competition, “Patterns, Textures & Forms”, Special Recognition Award and Special Merit
Award, juried by John R Math – Jupiter, FL, United States
2001 - City of Miami, Participation as maximum representative of Colombian Art – Miami, FL, United States
2000 - City of S. Miami, Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Art Community - S. Miami, FL, United States 2000 – Miami Dade County, Appreciation Certificate for Valuable Contribution to the Community – Miami, FL, United States
2000 - Miami Dade County, Appreciation Certificate for Valuable Contribution to the Community – Miami, FL, United States
2000 - Miami Dade County, Appreciation Certificate for Valuable Contribution to the Community – Miami, FL, United States
Publicity and TV Interviews
El Heraldo / Catalina Rojano. “Ana Milena Tamara llega a Art Basel Miami”- Barranquilla, Colombia
Aventura en Espanol Magazine. “Aventura Artist” – Aventura, FL, United States
Iberoamericana Magazine. “Expresiones” – Miami, FL, United States
El Heraldo. “Tamara and the Abstract Sign” – Barranquilla, Colombia
Ibero-Americana Magazine. “Who is Who in the Arts” – Miami, FL, United States
El Heraldo. “Country Club Members Art Exhibition” – Barranquilla, Colombia
El Heraldo. “Pro-Cathedral Artist Auction” – Barranquilla, Colombia
El Heraldo / Patricia Escobar. “The Focal White Color” – Barranquilla, Colombia
El Heraldo. “Tamara, a Unique Artist” – Barranquilla, Colombia
El Heraldo / Maria Angela Marquez. “Learning to Paint and Share” – Barranquilla, Colombia
Telecaribe / Morgan Miranda. “Interview with Outstanding Artists in Miami” – Miami, FL, United States
Telecaribe / Manuel J. De La Rosa, “Profiles” – Barranquilla, Colombia
Telecaribe / Patricia Davila, “Palco de Honor” – Barranquilla, Colombia
Selected Collections
Enterprise Mill Building – Augusta, GA, United States
Palms on the Bay Building – Miami, FL, United States
Aventura Chabad Synagogue (three 8 x 8 ft. façade murals) – Aventura, FL, United States
Numerous private collections worldwide
Education
1985 - BA Interior Design / Architecture, Universidad Autonoma del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia
Teaching Experience
2000-2006 - Anami Studio, Oil and Acrylics – Miami, FL, United States
1987-1993 - Universidad Autonoma del Caribe, Painting Techniques, Color Theory, Design - Barranquilla, Colombia