Taryn Andreatta is an American visual artist, actress, writer, director, photographer, dancer, painter, model, musician, poet, and peace activist living in New York City. She is of Italian, French, Georgian, German, Irish, and Native American descent. Her work which combines various different mediums, blurs the line between all forms of creativity, and is a reflection on sensuality, movement, freedom, peace, and love. She utilizes her performance background and at times her own figure to create art which seeks to define a new era of female artistic speculation within the contemporary world.
EARLY LIFE, FAMILY, AND EDUCATION
Andreatta was born on June 12th in a rural town in western Colorado and raised there by a young single mother who worked multiple assistant jobs within the medical profession. Her father was employed at a shipping factory four hours away. Both her parents held several occupations at once during her youth which she cites as having a great influence on her. Their working class values underscored her life, instilling a sense of profound gratitude as she watched them and often times helped her mother in her efforts to earn a living wage. Andreatta spent summers picking peaches and selling them at a local farmer’s market. Her grandmother was raised on a farm with an orchard where she maintained a fruit stand with her family. Both her grandparents grew up and lived in extreme poverty and Andreatta spent much time with her grandmother and grandfather who were active in her upbringing within their modest household. Her grandfather who was illiterate, placed a significant emphasis on her education because he wasn’t able to complete his own as he quit school at age six to support his family. As an adult he briefly owned a small tree business which Andreatta’s grandmother assisted with and then later he worked to maintain the health of the trees in their community. Her great grandmother was born to Italian immigrants who lived in a tent in Colorado and her great grandfather was an Italian immigrant that came to the United States on a cattle boat with his family. On her father’s side, both her grandmother and her aunt are painters.
Andreatta’s mother who was 21 when she became pregnant with her, sought to provide her the opportunities that she was unable to have growing up and promptly enrolled Andreatta in ballet and tap dance at age 2, then later in classical piano at age 8. Andreatta, not taking this for granted, strictly studied, took classes twice weekly, and practiced both art forms with an intense focus and discipline throughout her life. Later as the captain of her dance team, she led them into competition and won 13 national dance championships from age 12 to 17 years old. She also placed first in numerous solo piano sonatina competitions during this time as well. At the age of 14 she was mentored in photography by a skilled African American photographer who was a close friend of Andreatta’s mother. At that moment Andreatta became highly interested in photography as an additional method of expression. Andreatta took one photography class in high school and was the youngest student to enroll in that class which required special approval. Through the instruction of her mother’s friend as well as that one class which provided knowledge on dark room developing, Andreatta pursued her interest in photography as well. Dance, piano, and photography took precedence in her life and consumed the majority of her free time growing up, as she preferred to immerse herself in many forms of art early on. Although she always favored dance above all. She frequently wrote poetry in addition to short stories and took an avid interest in literature, culture, and filmmaking as well.
In addition to art, Andreatta began taking Spanish classes in third grade at her school and then continued those classes throughout high school as well as took other language courses at her University. She spent time abroad studying Spanish poetry and Latin American literature in San Jose, Costa Rica. Initially Andreatta was enrolled in the pre-med program to be a pediatrician but after recovering from a car accident decided to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado instead. She is a self-proclaimed vegetarian since birth. As a child she told her mom that she wanted to be Mother Theresa.
Andreatta moved to Athens, Greece two weeks after being accepted into Fashion Cult modeling agency and modeled in Athen’s Fashion Week. It was at this time during an economic downturn that she began contacting photographers directly through Fashion Cult’s network to create editorial content and art on her own. She learned firsthand many of the intricacies of photography, lighting, and filmmaking throughout this period in Europe where she collaborated with several notable European photographers, analyzing their styles, technical mastery, and studying their methodology while modeling for them. She was first recognized online for her modeling by Love Magazine while living in Greece. To escape violent protests and riots in Athens, she moved to London and then to Paris to continue modeling and creating photographic art as well as short films. She caught the attention of then Italian editor in chief of GQ Italy, Gabriele Romagnoli, when he published her first short film online originally without her consent, that she created in collaboration with a British director in London. From there she formed a friendship with the publication who published her collaborations 26 times over the years and later said “there has been a rare elective affinity between Taryn and GQ for some time now. Taryn’s polaroids recall the provocations of the early 20th century by the Dadaists who identified with art itself and for which eroticism itself was a form of art. Indeed it was art. Dadaists and Surrealists have also taught us how eros is the deepest expression of our nature and therefore how impossible it is therefore to ignore it, a lesson that Taryn knows by heart and puts into practice in her work as an artist and a model.”
Throughout her life she has worked with such renowned photographers, filmmakers, and artists as Mick Rock, Ryan Mcginley, Francesco Carrozzini, Iris Brosch, Richard Kern, Vincent Vesco, Spencer Tunick, Nicolas Guerin, Francois Berthier, as well as numerous others, in addition to Mark Seliger who exhibited a platinum print of her alongside photographs of Iman, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash at the KMR Arts Gallery in 2018.
Andreatta sought to work primarily with photographers who used traditional methods and shot with film, as some of her collaborations with GQ implemented the use of colloidian wet plate photography and developing which she has studied under and modeled on several occasions for artist Mark Sink, who has also photographically documented her as well as the lives of Andy Warhol, and Jean Michel Basquiat. Sink is also the nephew of Samuel Finley Breese Morse who was nicknamed the “Father of American Photography.”
Andreatta also appeared in two music videos of her close friends musicians Alaina and Patrick Moore for their band Tennis. Andreatta collaborated and acted in their lyric video “Mean Streets” and then later performed in their music video “I Miss That Feeling.”
THE SERIES PROJECT
Andreatta began “The Series” on April 5th, 2020 creating nude self portraits on her iphone 7 plus to illustrate a novel and a poetry book she wrote for the man of her dreams, her soulmate which both serve to accompany an original screenplay she also wrote to heal the world with love. She is currently releasing the photographs and excerpts from her novel and poetry book on social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tik Tok. Originally the self-portraits were taken with her iphone 7 plus and then later Andreatta switched to using her iphone 11, which she places both on a tripod and uses a bluetooth remote to control the shutter. The photographs combine content from her novel and poetry book with painting, dance, photography, modeling, and performance and are based on real life events discussing love and creativity as a route to healing. Throughout “The Series” she answers questions about her artistic process and her personal life on a live story Q&A feed on Instagram as well as through live videos where she interacts with the audience. She uses only natural light, paints with her hands and sea sponges on 9ft x12ft canvases, and dances in each still image to inspire her audience to join in their own creative journey and artistic landscape, proving that having few resources in no way limits creativity and actually serves to bolster art and authenticity, demonstrating that anyone can create art with little materials.
Andreatta organized a fashion show to help raise funds for the African organization Beads For Life which empowers women who are in poverty in Uganda through entrepreneurial training programs which allows them to lift their families from poverty by becoming business owners in their own right through the sales of their handmade art, enabling them to take charge of their future.