Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a visual artist and traditional oil painter who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, after years in Philadelphia. Her painting work crosses genres from muralist to freelance illustrator. She exhibits her paintings in galleries across the country, while completing illustration commissions for magazines, films, and books. Her work focuses on portraiture with social/political themes. Over the past year, Fazlalizadeh's work has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, and other media. She has lectured about her work at Brooklyn Museum and colleges across the country. Currently, Tatyana is producing a public art series titled Stop Telling Women to Smile that has garnered attention around the world for bringing light to street harassment and women's rights.
• Age, Hometown: 29; Oklahoma City, OK
• How old were you when you got involved in street art? I first began working in the public art world as a muralist while living in Philadelphia. I began putting up my own wheat pastes a few years ago, and that was my first introduction to the street art world.
• Who inspires you (artist or non-artist)?: I'm inspired by people and their stories. My work is grounded in visualizing narratives.
• What advice would you give to up and coming artists? My advice would be to just keep doing the work. Being an artist has a lot of challenges, and a lot of people doubt themselves. But even when it feels like you don't know what you're doing, or what you're doing isn't good or doesn't seem to matter, it's important to just keep making art. Failures and accomplishments will come and go. You just have to keep moving forward.
• What is something the street art world would be surprised to know about you? I'm very new to the community but I'm passionate and excited about the ways street art is and can be used to affect social change.
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