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Tanya Ragir is a figurative sculptor who works in a variety of mediums and styles. Much of the work is inspired by the sensual relationship between landforms and human forms. By framing details of the figure, then changing the scale, one can have both a more intimate relationship to the form and a separation from its "humanness".

"When sculpting people, I am interested in the essence of that person. I perceive beauty as authenticity, not perfection. In all the work, I have a great reverence for grace, and I attempt to find a balance between sensuality and power."

Tanya lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband, Marshall, and their two children, Sophie and Jonah. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Sculpture and Dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976. She has received numerous awards for her work, which is in many private collections and has been shown internationally.

In April of 2000, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will feature work of Tanya's that has been commissioned for LACMA's annual Art & Architecture Tour. In June of 2000, her work will be shown at the LACMA Exhibition Gallery.


Rose Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Columbia College Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Total Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Cultural Philosophic Center, Stockholm, Sweden
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Weisman, Private Collection


John Cavanaugh Memorial Award for Figurative Sculpture,
"1996 North American SculptureExhibition," Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado
Memorial Commissioned by Max Factor Family, 1995,
Jewish Home for the Aged, Los Angeles, CA
Cash Award, "1991 California Small Works," California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA
Grand Prize, "Museum Without Walls," 1976 Juried Exhibition,
Pacific Garden Mall, Santa Cruz, CA


American Society of Contemporary Artists
National Association of Women Artists
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Women in Business


Art Business News, December 1999
The Los Angeles Times, November 3, 1998
Sculpture, September, October 1993
Smithsonian Magazine, April 1991

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