Jennifer Taranto was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1957. She first discovered her passion for painting at eight years of age. Later she studied at Brighton and Prahran Technical Colleges in Melbourne.
In 1980, Jennifer moved to the far north of NSW where she worked doing illustrations for screen printing and started illustrating children’s and botanical books including.
“Key Guide to Australian Trees 249 Species” by Len Cronin Reeds Publishers.
“Exotic Tree Fruit for the Australian Home Garden” by Glen Tankard Nelsons Publishers.
1988 She returned to Melbourne and continued to illustrate books, and worked for a graphic art studio, doing designs for tourism and marketing.
1989 Jennifer had her 1st Solo Show at the Watermark Gallery in Elwood. Victoria
1991 She worked for the Performing Arts Museum in Melbourne, painting sets. She also worked with National Gallery of Melbourne, Australia and continued illustrating books for Macmillan’s, Reeds and Rigby’s Publishers.
1999 She moved the Adelaide Hills where she exhibited with the Hahndorf Academy, SALA. The South Australian Living Artists and Driden Fine Arts in McLaren Vale.
2002 Jennifer returned to Melbourne, working with various galleries,
participated in the Art of Botanical Illustration, 6th Biennial Exhibition at the Royal .°
Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, … and taking private commissions
2003 Jennifer travelled for 3 months in Europe, returning to do solo shows in late 2003 and 2004
2010 Went into partnership to run the Byron Bay Gallery.
2019 she had a solo show in Byron Bay and was introduced to the Australian ambassador of the Mondial Art Academia. Consequently, she was invited to join them. This is a world-wide artists website based in France. Once accepted into the Academy she is now listed as one of their painters.
Since then, Jennifer has been invited various times to exhibit in Europe.
In 2019 I exhibited in the Biennale in Venice.
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