Tattfoo Tan is a Staten Island-based artist who collaborates with the public on issues relating to ecology, sustainability, and healthy living. Tan’s art practice seeks to find an immediate, direct, and effective way of exploring issues related to the individual in society. Through the employment of multiple forms of media and various platforms of presentation, Tattfoo promotes group participation between himself and an “audience.”
Tan’s solo exhibitions include Cuisine du Jour, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY (2008) and S.O.S. Guilds, Artisphere, Arlington, Virginia (2011). His group exhibitions include This Case of Conscience: Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance, Share-A-Prayer, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, NY (2008) and Mobile Garden and Sign of Growth, Art in Odd Places along 14th Street, New York, NY (2009). Tan’s public projects include S.O.S. Pledge, commissioned by Percent for the Arts and School Construction Authority at PS 971, Brooklyn, NY (2011), NMS-Nature Matching System, Port Authority Bus Terminal, commissioned by Fashion Center Business Improvement District and Time Square Alliance, New York, NY (2008); and Nature Matching System mural, commissioned by DUMBO Improvement District and Department of Transportation, Front Street, Brooklyn, NY (2008). Tan was awarded the Twenty-Eighth Annual Award for Excellence in Design by Public Design Commission of The City of New York for his design and branding of the Super-Graphic on Bronx River Art Center.
Tan is a self-taught artist.