Artist’s Statement

There’s a wonderful world where telepathy, love and unity are foundational. With color and paint, I recover my memories of being one with Source and the journey of human experience. My art centers around portraits, human and non-human, focusing on the eyes, the “window of the soul”. I am fascinated by human emotions and soul’s struggles to higher awareness.
“From wonder into wonder existence opens” – Tao Te Ching


Tatyana Zen is a Russian-American visual artist, best known for her Celebrity Portraits. She has established herself as a contemporary portrait painter inspired by the Old Masters. Zen received 10 years of training in the Russian Realism tradition. After earning B.S. in Fashion Design from Moscow Academy of Design & Technology, she immigrated to the United States. Tatyana was fortunate to learn directly from the great masters by making replicas at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She’s developed an exquisite glazing technique that gives her large-scale oil paintings luminosity and depth.

Tatyana started her art career in Alexandria, Virginia, painting still life and figurative art. After few years in Seattle WA and Scottsdale AZ, she moved to Laguna Beach in 2017 and started focusing on large scale oil portraits, developing her distinct and exciting style.
Fortunate to live in the art colony of Laguna Beach, south of Hollywood , her love for artistic expression allowed her to establish relationships with celebrities, film entrepreneurs and movie producers.  Tatyana is obsessed with color, human form, pop-culture icons and fashion. As a nature lover, she often incorporates organic elements in her paintings like coffee, tobacco, diamonds and gold.

The quality of her artwork is gaining acclaim and she’s acquiring a reputation as the Artist of the Stars with her portfolio of Celebrity Portraits. In 2019 Tatyana was commissioned by the American ICON Awards to paint the portraits of nominees – Al Pacino, Evander Holyfield, Robert DeNiro and Quincy Jones. 
She resides and exhibits in Laguna Beach, CA. Her work can be found in private and public collections worldwide.


Tatyana’s paintings exhibit amazing effects of light, shadow, color and the natural beauty that she sees in every human soul. Spiritual Cosmology and the latest discoveries in Quantum Physics inspire her figurative works, exploring the concept of Spiritual Being having a Human Experience.  Dreams, symbols, archetypes, mythology, religions and philology are all intertwined in Tatyana’s artwork, focused to stimulate viewer’s subconscious, the source of creativity, intuition, inspiration, inner knowing, interconnectedness, and spiritual enlightenment.

Her Subjects are actors, scientists, politicians, rock stars, as well as neighbors and friends. As a dog lover, she believes that all animals are sentient, and her Animal Portraits collection celebrates their contribution to human evolution. Her portrait works invite the viewer to glimpse into subject’s soul journey. Following in the footsteps of renown portrait painters like Leonardo, Rembrandt, Raphael, Diego Velazquez and Sargent, Tatyana’s passion for painting is fueled by her fascination with human Figure, Face and Mind.  Tatyana’s paintings speak for themselves – introspective, elegant and mysterious, exciting and bold, these paintings capture a sense of belonging in the Universe, interconnectedness and eternal nature of existence.

Creative Process

Tatyana’s creative process is fluid and intuitive, up until the last moment, everything could change. She works methodically, but passionately, not settling until it feels perfect, some paintings taking years to complete. A prolific painter, Tatyana has many paintings in progress, waiting for the inspiration to progress to the next step.  She uses quality professional oil paints, like Gamblin, Winsor & Newton and Da Vinci and favors Fredrix linen canvas. Tatyana uses the Old Master’s techniques she’s learned while making replicas at the National Gallery of Art, giving her large scale oil paintings luminosity and depth of color. What is unique about her works is the use of natural materials, from plants to real diamonds, rubies, emeralds and gold. Check out Tatyana’s Studio.

Artist Q & A

How long have you been painting?

My whole life as long as I can remember! Being born into an artistic family, I was encouraged to become an artist from a very early age. And not just an artist, a great artist. No pressure, mom!

Do you only paint celebrities?

Not at all! I believe that every life is valuable and worth celebrating! Painting celebrities allows artists to showcase their skill. Every person is fascinating, at least for the first 10 minutes! I love painting faces and get the likeness and the essence, but ultimately I want people to like themselves in my portraits.

What is your ultimate career goal?

I want to be one of the best portrait artists like Sargent and Velazquez. I always ask myself – is it possible to combine the quality of the Old Masters, beauty of human souls and healing power of art into something that people would enjoy for hundreds of years? My work tries to answer that question.
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Giving Back

Tatyana’s life has been deeply touched by people who have been abused or homeless. As an artist, she senses the Earth’s longing for peace when humans would stop hurting each other. As a shaman she feels Nature outcry to stop pollution. Besides praying and setting intentions of healing through her art, she donates time and contributes part of the proceeds to the following Charities & Foundations. Cast (Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, One World One Ocean, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Canyon Foundation.

“To me art must be fun and elicit elevated emotions almost touching Heaven.”