Tina Marais is a Canadian textile and visual artist, who lives and works in the greater Montreal region. She was born in 1977 in Cape Town, South-Africa. She creates large scale textile abstractions and sculptural work which attempt to map the unpredictability of human experience and impact of environmental change.
Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. She has also been selected for various international textile art biennales, most notably the 16th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lotz, Poland.
Material Thinking 1st international, Contemporary Material Art biennale, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and as invited artist at the BIEN Biennially, in Slovenia. As well as the “World Textile art Biennale of contemporary Textile art”, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Madrid, Spain, and Miami, USA Her works are included in various public and private collections, in Canada and internationally.
Her artistic practices include Cultural Mediation projects presented in the greater Montreal region. Struthers has continued to contribute to this initiative with the creation and implementation of commissioned Public arts projects. She has developed and realized over 70 socially engaged projects during the past 10 years. She represents Fine Craft on the administrative councils of Culture Monteregie, and the Conseil des Arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil- Soulanges.
Marais is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des Arts et lettres du Quebec and various prizes and mentions. She was awarded the Dora and Avi Morrow Fellowship for Excellent Achievement in Visual Arts, by Concordia university in 2019, and The Joyce Melville Memorial Scholarship, in 2021. She was one of the three finalists for the Prix Charles-Biddle-2019, and was winner of the prestigious Artiste in the community award, in 2021, for the project Rassemblement from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. She graduated from the Open Window Art Institute in Pretoria, South-Africa where she studied Visual communication with Fine art specialization, after which the focus of her work shifted to using textile as her principal medium, completing a Masters Degree in Fiber and Material practices at Concordia university in Montreal in 2022.