Tatyana's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Why Not Us

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Brooklyn, NY

TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH

Artist

“It's art - it doesn't have to be perfect. It's supposed to change, it's supposed to evolve.”

INTERESTS:

Art Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Determination Hard Work Passion Talent Desire Goals Inspiration Negativity Self-Reflection Acceptance Doubt Planning Fulfillment Success Values Confidence Education Fear Family Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

art, art school, artists, creativity, critique, doubt, family, freelance, impact, influence, influences, influential, negativity, overwhelming, painting, prepare, progress, purpose, starting out, talent

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says most of her personality comes from her mom, a radical artist and the "black sheep" of the family.
  • Other than her mother, no one supported her decision to go to college to study art.
  • Peers thought she had talent, but said she'd never make any money, wouldn't be able to pay back student loans.
  • Was mentored by her high school art teacher, who provided her with supplies, helped her apply to art schools.
  • For years, she had to take waitressing jobs on the side to support her art.
  • Says the evolving nature of street art helped her understand it's cool to be "a work in progress."
  • Realized you can't wake up one day and change the world; you change yourself first, then the people around you, etc.
  • Her goal as an artist is to make her audience more tolerant of others' experiences.

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