Born in London in 1966, Tania Kovats studied at Newcastle Polytechnic before completing her MA at the Royal College of Art, London in 1990. Following this, she exhibited at the Barclays Young Contemporaries at the Serpentine Gallery in 1991. Tania Kovats currently lives and works in London.
Kovats has shown extensively in the UK and abroad, with solo shows including those at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; New Art Centre, Salisbury; Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno; Asprey Jacques, London and Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall. Group shows include those at BALTIC, Gateshead; Camden Arts Centre, London; Hayward Gallery, London; Tate Liverpool; V&A, London; Museum Of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Kunstraum Innsbruck and ICA, London. Her sculptures and drawings feature in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council; The British Council; Government Art Collection; and the V&A. Kovats has been commissioned by: the Public Art Development Trust; Centre Point; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kielder Water and Forest Park; Secret Gardens for the Salisbury Festival; Bath Spa University; University of Oxford; Docklands Light Railway at Shadwell Station; Natural History Museum, London; Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College; Weston-super-Mare; Islington Council, London; Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh and University of Cambridge.
Kovats’ work has focused on drawing and mapping landscapes as well as describing or using geological processes in the making of both sculpture and drawings. Her sculptures often address one’s experience and understanding of landscape, particularly dramatic rock and stone structures where the formative history of an area can be seen. Much of Kovats’s research has focused on geology to further understand how landscapes are formed, exclusive of humanity’s effects upon them. Kovats became interested in investigating rock formations worldwide that follow simple mathematical formulae. She has also commenced an investigative body of work mapping imaginary and existing islands, with the intention of eventually creating her own ‘floating’ atlas. Through her research, Kovats has developed an interest in geological forces and how they affect landscape and the built environment. Seismographs and seismograms, visual records of the earth’s movements, have become central to Kovats's practice. Tania Kovats was awarded the Henry Moore Drawing Fellowship, UWE, Bristol in 2004–05 and was Visiting Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Oxford University 2006. Her Tree was selected from nine other short–listed artists in the Darwin’s Canopy project at the Natural History Museum and was commissioned to celebrate Darwin’s bicentenary in 2009.