Tatiana von Tauber is an American figurative artist based in Savannah, Georgia, whose work focuses on contemporary feminine expressions of sensuality, eroticism and the human form. She rejects the idea that sexual imagery is shameful, and uses her paintings to open conversations about human sexuality and eroticism, and the values they play in our human experience.

We can do no better than share her own artist’s statement and biography:

I create figurative paintings and sensual photographs that celebrate the eroticism of humanity, the beauty of femininity, and the sensuality of sex. Eroticism is celebratory, fun, and absolutely necessary for a well-balanced life between the daily reality we experience and the fantasies we dream. I seek to represent sexuality and the erotic life in a beautiful, elegant and approachable way. Sexuality is a universal language and the action of creation, thus deserving more respect and less shame, moral judgment, and political or religious dogma-based pressures. The sexual realm brings human bodies together akin to the way the academic realm brings human minds together. Eroticism combines both and that is why it will always be more interesting than either of the other two domains of human existence or experience.
     Born in former Czechoslovakia in 1971, I navigated a childhood journey from a refugee camp in Austria to becoming an American resident in 1977 and a citizen in the 1980s. Settling in south Florida, my formative years were shaped by the rich tapestry of Latin-American and Hispanic influences in the vibrant city of Miami, instilling a profound appreciation for freedom and eroticism.
     My artistic trajectory commenced with photographing young women for South Beach modelling agencies in the early 90s and progressed to the publication of erotica fiction in the mid-2000s. During my residence in Frankfurt, Germany, I delved into the realm of erotic photography, contributing to publications with esteemed European houses. Seeking intellectual enrichment, I immersed myself in studies encompassing sexual ethics and the philosophy of love.
     In 2009 I initiated a private boudoir photography business in Savannah, Georgia, and in 2010 launched The Art Cure, a breast cancer awareness charity project. In my second residency abroad in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 2011 to 2013, I explored and developed my inner artist, creating art with soft pastels, paint, and pencil.
     Returning to Savannah in 2013, I unveiled the Art Porn collection in 2015. Subsequently I assumed ownership of a local art school, steering its course until its temporary closure in 2020 due to the pandemic. That year I began the first of three years co-hosting a local radio show, Women On Top, where we interviewed Savannah’s leading ladies in the community. A year later, I reopened in a new space and inaugurated Savannah’s first exclusive erotic art gallery, transforming a luxurious arts studio into a hub for local discussion groups, community nude life drawing sessions, and continued art instruction for small groups. However, by mid-2023, recognising the evolving dynamics of business ownership in the city and aligning with family priorities, I made the decision to close the downtown Savannah erotic art studio, concluding a prominent chapter of my life while embracing new opportunities on the horizon.
     This juncture marks a period of reassessment and recalibration in light of shifting perspectives. While my views of feminism and sexuality undergo transformation, my upcoming artistic endeavours will echo this evolution. I am not the same woman I was before 2020. The changing socio-political climate in America has presented challenges to my signature Art Porn paintings, prompting a deliberate revision as I navigate uncharted territory.

Tatiana von Tauber’s website, where she shares her most recent work, can be found here, and her Instagram account is here.

We are very grateful to our Russian friend Yuri for suggesting the inclusion of this artist, and for supplying most of the images.


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