Tanja Weidenbörner


is an artist from Essen, worldwide unique in her own developed technique. She is specialized in enamel paints and charcoal on canvas.


In only four years she is already to be found in the national and international art scene, and she is continuing to excite visitors of her exhibitions and social media platforms.

She is constantly expanding her pool of fans and customers through her art, and by now, numerous of her works are hanging in private art-collections.


On one hand, the growing fascination can be justified by her own developed one-of-a-kind technique with enamel paints, charcoal, graphite and pastel chalk on canvas, on the other hand, through the impactfull, strong portraits which eyes follow the visitor to every point in the room. She manages to effortlessly breathe life into her paintings.


She succedes in doing so through many layers of her own style and technique of modelling the enamel paint with charcoal, graphite and pastel chalk, which makes the faces look realistic, but not in a way that her style can be called "hyper-realistic“.


Knowingly, she lets parts of the picture be dominated by the enamel paint, which demands the depth- and 3D- capabilitys of the observer's eyes.

In combination with the carefully developed textures, every one of her works developes an own and dynamic life of itself, which is further enhanced through the changing lighting on the surface itself. 


Tanja Weidenboerner's works are studies of contrast. She plays with light and shadow, with the contrast of noticable and indefinite interpretations.


The paintings are based on thoughts, emotions as well as inner conflicts. Therefore people's gesture, facial expressions and character are her prefered and most suitable way of delivering her choice of motive. 

Her works are a combination of technical aptitude and years of expierence with her extraordinary textures create her unmistakable art.


She visualizes the unspoken, touches many visitors of her exhibitions and inspires thoughts. This is due to the connections of the potraits with symbolic elements as well as the facial expressions which occupy a huge part of the room which you can hardly deprive yourself from. 





I've been drawing, just like many other artist, from my childhood on.

My childhood had a few restrictions which forced me to spend my energy on rather static activities like creating music, drawing or reading.


As a result of that, a symbiosis of music and art was created, which still shapes my works nowadays. In the end, creating art is a form of self-chosen loneliness, which enables me unlimited freedom. The luxus of giving my thoughts or mood a face or body.


Studded with symbolism and through my unusual work with textures, which challenge me every time again through the unpredictabilty, is a dive in my artistic expression ,and nearly into a meditative state, guaranteed.


I don't search for topics, instead I use impressions and experiences. They form the basis for new paintings, which begin in a simple sketch. After that I decide which parts should be dominated through the enamel paints, and which I want to express in more detail through the work with charcoal. This is mostly dependend on the effect I want to accomplish with the work. 


After the first layer of dripped or free flowed enamel paint, new aspects and new impressions arise which all change the further processing and therefore change the overall objective of the work. 

Precisely this form of wanted flexibility and unexpected creating of new paths and opportunitys is what appeals to me most in my work. The saying "the way is the aim" probably sums it up the best.


Many visitors of my exhibitions ask me, if my works are collages of pictures with editing afterwards.


The answer is no!


In no shape or form do I use pictures or prints for my paintings. They are created through precise, skillfull work and can not be called "hyper-realistic" in the literal sense. Through the combination of my textures, their gloss-matt variation and the natural sublimity of coating, a sense of photorealism is created in the observer's eye.

This finishes the circle after the creation of my paintings, by reaching people through looking at my works, making them think and carrying an effect of liveliness.