Tanya Kozin is a figurative painter, sculptor and art tutor working from life in a variety of media in the West Midlands. With parents who were professional Russian artists and tutors, she has benefitted from studying in traditional and contemporary schools of art.
Tanya’s first degree is in Fine Art from Gorky Art College in Russia. Later, she studied Art and Design in Coventry; then gained an MA in Fine Art from Birmingham City University. In 2010, she became a Member of the RBSA.
Before graduating from BCU, Tanya worked in graphic design; subsequently, however, she has taught art classes at Warwick and Coventry Universities. In addition, at the invitation of Nizhny Novgorod State University, in 2016 she gave international master classes in Portrait sculpture to Russian Architecture and Design students in her former hometown.
To pass on skills to yet younger generations, she has been teaching life drawing to 6th form pupils for several years in partnership with Bablake School, Coventry. Currently, in addition to her own art practice, she is tutoring private classes in Painting and Sculpture from life. (Since May 2020, due to the pandemic, this has been mostly online, including the use of the latest technology for sculpture.)
Teaching courses in the UK – and occasionally abroad – happily offers ample opportunities for pursuing one’s own art practice. In addition, students can be encouraged to prepare works for exhibitions at RBSA and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum– leading on one occasion to full Membership of the RBSA!
Tanya’s own portraits aim to capture both the outward appearance and the inner life of the models. To do this in the limited time available in class, her paintings often contain elements of spontaneity. In sculpture, too, the busts must have a ‘presence’: but the style is more classic and traditional.