Tatiana Suarez Returns With Arabi

Back for her fourth RUN, the versatile and talented Tatiana Suarez has again brought us yet another curvacious beauty with the hand-embellished beauty Arabi. After the success of Tatiana’s SOLD OUT hand-embellished RUNs  Sea Gal and Flora, we are again excited to showcase these uniquely hand-painted archival pigment prints from the Florida native who now resides in New York City. Read on for process shots, mural flicks and more as Tatiana takes us through Arabi in the 1xRUN Thru Interview…
1xRUN Thru Interview
Arabi by Tatiana Suarez
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this original piece, is the original for sale?
Tatiana Saurez: The original piece was roughly sketched on paper, scanned, and then digitally painted in Photoshop. The splatter used in the background was painted using watercolors and then scanned as well. The original drawing is not for sale, it’s just a messy little doodle in my sketch book.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Tatiana Saurez: I’ve been inspired by the indigenous people of Brasil – the culture, the folklore, and their beautiful body paint. I’ve recently come across a collection of tribal names that spark ideas for my paintings. Specifically in this case, the name Arabi, which translates to ‘ beautiful tears,’ was significant as I was going thru a rough patch. The idea and sketch for this piece came about in December 2012 and then this piece was created specifically for a 1xRun print.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece? How long did it take from start to finish?
Tatiana Saurez: I haven’t released a digital print in a long time. It was actually a medium I often worked in when I first started exhibiting, but initially, they were pretty flat. I’ve since tried to get them as close to one of my oil paintings as possible.  I worked on this piece on and off but altogether for a total of about 3 days.

1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Tatiana Saurez: I think it’s a bold and beautiful piece with personal meaning. Whether good or bad, I’d hope people could connect to it in their own way.

1xRun: Describe the print in one gut reaction word.
Tatiana Saurez: Lush.

Arabi by Tatiana Suarez

Tatiana @ Art Basel Miami Beach

1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Tatiana Suarez:  I’ve been doodling since I was a kid.  I have no memory of my first piece of art. I do remember the first piece I was proud of! I painted a huge flower with my hands. It’s bright, expressive and is still hanging in my aunt’s home. I also remember painting my dog a lot.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Tatiana Suarez: My dad was a big inspiration growing up. Salvador Dali, Disney movies in general. I remember writing a report on Bill Peet in the 6th grade. Tim Burton is also responsible for most of my earlier stuff.

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Tatiana Suarez: This question’s always a tough one, there’s so many to list. Gil Elvgren, Chris Sander, Joao Ruas, Glenn Arthur, Audrey Kawasaki and Alphonse Mucha are just a few that get me going now…. my list can go on forever.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Tatiana Suarez:     I’ve got a Spotify playlist I listen to while I’m at the studio – it’s a big ol’ mess of stuff. I prefer some sort of dialogue as background company. Lately it’s been a lot of Spaced, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. I’ve been starting to get into audiobooks.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Tatiana Suarez: Another tough one. I would love to get down on a mural with with Miss Van, and create a painting with Audrey Kawasaki. Both are very inspirational and beautiful, it would be an honor & a dream of mine. I’d love to paint a mural with Miss Van! Her recent collaboration pieces have been amazing & hauntingly beautiful. I like her subject matter: ladies, critters, and flowy hair, hehe.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Tatiana Suarez: Alphonse Mucha would be cool, his ladies are a big inspiration.

Alphonse Mucha

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last piece?
Tatiana Suarez: The first was Johnny Robles piece. Yep, it’s sitting loverly in my living room. The last was a ONEFIFTY piece by New Zealand artist, Askew.

1xRun: What else do you have currently in the works?
Tatiana Suarez: I’m currently working on some new pieces that will be showing with Spoke Art at Scope NY 2013 in March.

1xRun: Where can people find you?
Tatiana Suarez:
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