Tschäpe was born in Dachau, Germany, and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hochschule fur Bilende Kuenste, Hamburg and her Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Tschäpe’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the world including Tokyo, São Paloa, London, and Berlin. Recent projects include The 59th Minute with Creative Time in Times Square, New York, the Centre de Art a Albi in Tolouse, the Fotomuseum in Winthethur, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Janaina lives and works in New York and Rio.