Today we’d like to introduce you to Tatevik Tania Pelayo.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up into an artistic family, I believe it was my destiny to become an artist myself. Passed down from my father, I inherited a passion in which most people consider a hobby. From a young age, no one could predict what my path was until one day my father discovered a sketch I had drawn of my grandfather and was astonished by the life and expression I was able to capture. He believed in my potential as an artist and immediately had me enrolled in art school. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease and lost his battle to cancer. Losing my number one fan, I still felt the need to continue his legacy by improving my technique and incorporating my hardships as the subject of my artwork. Unsure of myself and the need to discover my true path, I decided to make vast changes, one of which was moving to Florence, Italy, to study Art. This reignited the light that had once dimmed long ago, giving me a chance to start over and pursue my purpose in Art.
Once I came back home, I met an Artist named Antonio Pelayo (who later became my husband. But that’s a whole story in itself) Antonio saw my work and encouraged me to start exhibiting. I began to exhibit my work and grow as an Artist but exhibiting wasn’t enough. I kept asking myself, “How can I make a living with this gift I have” That’s when I started tattooing. As the years passed my mastery in portraiture and tattooing led me to Microblading. I love finding new ways of applying my skills. Being able to combine both my passions together makes Microblading come naturally for me. It’s a rewarding feeling being able to give someone their confidence back, and I get to do that every day for woman all over the world. I finally found the answer to the question I had been asking all along.
Today I am fortunate enough to work at one of the best Studios in Los Angeles, Microblading LA. and when I’m not at the Studio creating brows, I’m at home creating Art.
Please tell us about your art.
We all have a side to us that no one gets to see, a certain sadness that can’t be expressed with words. They say the eyes are a window to your soul, and I believe that to the fullest. That’s what I love about Portraiture because you are able to catch those moments in a drawing without using words. When I’m in a crowded room, I’m always observing everyone’s mannerisms, body language, and behavior. It’s interesting to me how people can say one thing but express something else in their facial expressions, and that’s what I like to bring out in my Art. When I come across either a friend or a stranger even, I always wonder about the side people chose present to the world and who they really are deep down inside. The side no one gets to see. My biggest inspiration is sadness. Whether it is my sadness or someone else’s I believe the darkest moments of our lives are what form us and whether I’m digging deep within myself to find that inspiration or I speak with someone and to learn about them and their pain, I feel inspired to create Art to bring that hidden reality to light.
Now when I bring this idea over to Microblading, I believe it’s a little different. I believe that your eyebrows are a representation of what you want the world to see you as. Eyebrows are the first indication of what you want to express. I feel a huge responsibility to be able to bring that expression and look the client has in their mind out for the world to see.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
To be successful in creating your art, you definitely have to have thick skin because you will be judged, and you will be criticized. To succeed as an artist, you need to keep producing and allow your work to find a voice for itself and not let outside influences affect the work you were made to produce. There are many different types of success. I feel successful when my vision comes to life. We all have a story to tell, and drawing is my outlet to express who I am. Being able to take my thoughts and bring it out on paper for the world to see and touch the lives of those who may feel the same way is how I feel I accomplished my purpose.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can view my work through Social Media.
My Artwork on my Instagram @tatevikpelayo and my Microblading work @microbladingla_tania
- Website: microbladingla.com/tania-pelayo
- Phone: 8184140506
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @microbladingla_tania
- Other: @tatevikpelayo
Tatevik Tania Pelayo