BIOGRAPHY

Tatyana Zen

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. After few years in Seattle WA and Scottsdale AZ, she moved to Laguna Beach in 2017 and started focusing on large scale portraits.
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.

Education

Tatyana’s talent was evident early, and she taught herself to draw by copying the Renaissance masters’ from illustrations. She received 10 years of rigorous art training in the Classical Russian Realism tradition while growing up in Crimea.  At 17 Tatyana moved to Russia to attend Moscow Academy of Design & Technology.  In 1995, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design she immigrated to the United States.
Tatyana was fortunate to learn directly from the great masters by copying from close observation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Making hundreds of copies and sketches of world’s greatest masterpieces allowed her to develop her style and deepen her quest for quality. Her interest in human figure was further developed by taking painting classes from Robert Liberace, an award-winning portrait artist, honored as a “Living Master” by the Art Renewal Center.

Career & Awards

Tatyana started her art career in Alexandria, Virginia. After few years in Seattle WA and Scottsdale AZ, she moved to Laguna Beach in 2017 and started focusing on large scale portraits.
With degree in Fashion Design, 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, hemp, diamonds and gold. 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 producers. 

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.

Artwork

Tatyana’s paintings exhibit masterful interplay of light, shadow and color and seem to highlight the natural beauty that she sees in every human soul. Her large-scale oil portraits exude the aura of excitement and wonder while relaxing with pleasing compositions.

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. Tatyana’s paintings speak for themselves – introspective, elegant and mysterious, dramatic and bold, these paintings capture a sense of belonging in the Universe, interconnectedness and eternal nature of existence.

A prolific painter, Tatyana has many paintings in progress, waiting for the inspiration to progress to the next step. Using her glazing techniques giving her large-scale oil paintings luminosity and depth of color. What is unique about her works is the use of natural materials, from weeds to real diamonds, rubies, emeralds and gold.

Inspirations

Tatyana’s work is inspired by Spiritual Cosmology and the latest discoveries in Quantum Physics, exploring the concept of Spiritual Being having a Human Experience. As a Certified QHHT hypnotist, she’s intrigued by Earth’s Galactic history and the value of an individual soul. Dreams, symbols, archetypes, mythology, religions and philology are all intertwined in her artwork. Colors, shapes and emotions focused to stimulate viewer’s subconscious, the source of creativity, intuition, interconnectedness and spiritual enlightenment.

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. Rejecting contemporary trends, she openly embraces notions of beauty, technical virtuosity, and human figure as a sacred object.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2019 – “Kings & Queens Celebrity Portraits of Tatyana Zen” Laguna Art Lounge, Laguna Beach, CA

Group Shows

2018 – “Contemporary Masters of Visionary Art”, “Living Ocean Magic of Seascapes” Laguna Art Lounge, Laguna Beach, CA
2017 – “Celebrating Arts” 484 North Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2002 – Group Show Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA

Selected Collections

The Pentagon
Laguna Beach Public Library
Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
Arnold Schwarzenegger Private Collection

Artist’s Statement

There’s a wonderful world where truth, love and unity are foundational. With color and paint, I record 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. Would it be 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. “From wonder into wonder existence opens” – Tao Te Ching