Tatjana Lee (b. 1972, Munich, Germany) grew up as a half-Korean Bavarian native in southern Bavaria near the Alps. In addition to drawing and sculpture, the focus of her work is painting.

After studying medicine and continuing education at the media design college in Munich, she pursued an education at private art academies and set up a studio in Munich. Her artistic work is dedicated to the main theme of “identity”.

The artist captures visions and mystical creatures. These invite the viewer to delve deeply into their own identity and to find the forgotten ability of magical thinking again.

Her works have been shown in Berlin, Munich, Seoul, Salzburg and Lahti.

In Detail…

As the daughter of a Korean mother and a German father, the artist had the privilege of growing up in the field of tension between two very different cultures. It was therefore inevitable for her to deal with her own identity. The space a human being occupies in this world and how she stands in relation to a fellow human being is perceived more consciously. Tatjana Lee is fascinated by the development of the inner identity and the interaction with the external appearance. Inner and outer identity mend together in the face and the essence of a person becomes visible. During her medical studies, she got to know this interaction in different phases of life and crisis.

As the mother of three daughters, she was allowed to be a witness and companion in the development of their own identity. The childlike, unbiased and unclouded view of life was particularly fascinating. There are no self-erected borders in the way. Problems can be solved through magical thinking, anything is possible.

That’s why she is inspired by artists like Moebius (aka Jean Giraud), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), Astrid Lindgren (Ronja the Robber’s Daughter), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince). They have managed to take this freedom into adult life and remind other adults of this forgotten magical ability with their works.

She has had the same artistic urge since childhood, but it took a while before she recognized it as part of her own identity after a few detours. All the more it beaks ground now in a narrative way in her works, with themes such as identity, the environment, being a woman, being human. Tatjana Lee sees the detours as an enrichment today. These experiences now contribute significantly to the diversity of her works. In terms of creative form, she is primarily inspired by Käthe Kollwitz, Cy Twombly, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Niki de Saint Phalle, Alex Kanevsky, Jenny Saville, Moebius.