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photo by Jim Natal


Tania Baban is a Los Angeles-based book artist and graphic designer. Born in Baghdad, Baban lived in Beirut and Geneva before moving to Los Angeles in 1981 to attend Otis College of Art & Design. She worked for 13 years at the National Football League’s Creative Services Division as a graphic designer. Her artist’s books are held in many private, museum, and library collections. Along with establishing Atelier Baban, a design studio, she also co-founded Conflux Press, an independent publishing company.


In 2013 she embarked on a new creative journey of painting/mixed media. Her vision is marrying book arts with painting in a new approach that envisions the concept that the book and the canvas can engage in a dialogue with each other. Her ultimate goal is an exhibit/installation—a conversation—that merges the artist “book” and “canvas,” where the book content inspires and shapes the paintings. Her work ultimately addresses environmental, political, and social issues while weaving the influence of culture and heritage in a thought-provoking way.



Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design, Otis College

of Arts and Design Los Angeles, 1981-1985


Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Brown University, Hay Library, Providence, Rhode Island

Columbia University Libraries, New York

George Mason University, Fenwick Library, Fairfax, Virginia

Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California

Herron Art Library of IUPUI, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 

Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Telavi, Georgia

Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia 

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Oberlin College Library, Oberlin, Ohio

Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles

San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco

Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library, Claremont, California

University of Southern California, Doheny Library, Los Angeles

University of California, Santa Cruz, McHenry Library, Santa Cruz, California

University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Western England, Bristol, United Kingdom 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts



Antioch University, Los Angeles, California

ASU Artist Book Coalition, ABAA, Phoenix, Arizona

Atelier Genevois de Gravure, Geneva, Switzerland

BookArtsLA, Los Angeles

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

Hiromi International Paper, Culver City, California

House of Lebanon, Los Angeles

Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, California

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Book Arts Center, Los Angeles 

The Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles

Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland

Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona


Graphic Designer, National Football League, Creative Services Division,

Los Angeles, 1989-2002


Co-founder (with Jim Natal), Conflux Press, an independent press, 2004-present


Board member, BookArtsLA, Los Angeles, California, 2011-2019

Board member, Los Angeles Book Arts Center, 2003-2007

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