I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! TATI Q&A
TATI, A Miami native who recently returned home has been burning up the scene will premiere her latest works at SPOKE ART in San Francisco with the exhibit THROUGH THE VEIL.
What do you write? Are you in a crew?
I sign my work TATI, which is simply just short for Tatiana. I am crew-less.
In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
My first mural was painted in Wynwood, Miami. I don't know about my work in particular, but street art has definitely influenced the community and has helped make Wynwood the cultural mecca that it is today. There are so many small businesses and property managers giving artists permission to paint and help transform the neighborhood into something beautiful.
Did you go to school or are you self taught?
Other than the basic art classes one takes in school, I'm self taught with my painting.
How did you get started in the arts and why?
Painting in the street was always intimidating to me. It was a couple of my graffiti writer friends who kept encouraging me to take my work large scale and into the street. Because nature is a big part of my work, it was great to see my ladies outdoors, interacting with wild plant life and seeing them decay/transform/evolve over time.
How long have you been working in the streets?
Since December of 2009.
Who or What inspires you the most?
Momma nature is a huge inspiration when it comes to my work. My pops, who also painted. He never pursued a career in the arts, so I hope to make him proud! Plus fellow artists, there are way too many amazing talents to list.
What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
To be honest, I still feel relatively new to the street art genre and haven't encountered any stereotypes that have upset me personally. Many times people assume I'm a graffiti artist, which I don't consider myself to be. Sometimes you'll hear negative comments from ignorant people who assume that just because it's on a wall that it's automatically vandalism. It's ugly, we're all criminals etc. People shouldn't be so quick to assume, that's all.
Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
I am a full time artist. Painting in my studio is my day job. I tend to focus primarily on my gallery shows. That's a tough one, it all depends on your situation. Personally, I would only take on the mural projects which give me the creative freedom to paint whatever I want.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently painting a huge mural for the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project in South Florida.
I'm also getting ready for a 2-person show with CRAWW at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, which opens October 3rd.
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
Making the streets a little more beautiful! It also provides a different outlet to reach a whole new audience that might not be familiar with street art and that it hopefully opens their eyes to it.
Check out more of TATI’s work http://www.TatiSuarez.com/