Tina Blondell was born in 1953 in Salzburg, Austria, to an American father and Austrian mother who encouraged her early interest in art. Crucial to her education as an artist, was her first-hand encounters with art in Italy, where she lived until 1971, particularly the work of Caravaggio and of Artemisia Gentileschi. Other influences are Goya, Francis Bacon and Alice Neel; whose paintings combine an emotional impact with a vision of the human condition. Blondell’s involvement with earlier art informed both her technique and interest in narrative, and her quoting of images from the history of art in this painter’s decidedly contemporary work.
In the mid 1990s, Blondell settled in Minneapolis, where she continues to live. Blondell has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Weisman Art Museum.