Tatyana Kulida is a realist artist with a life-long passion for the arts. Born in Russia, Tatyana spent her youth playing the piano and developing the taste for the visual arts while taking yearly trips to Moscow’s best museums and enjoying the vast collection of her mother’s art books. It was then that Tatyana first became acquainted with profound works of Velazquez, Rembrandt, as well as Repin and her Crimean neighbor, Aivazovsky.

 In 1998, at age 17, Tatyana left her country and travelled to the United States to start her training in the visual arts and mathematics. As an IT consultant with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Systems and Arts Management, Tatyana worked with businesses as well as arts nonprofits until she realized that her true satisfaction could only come from creating beautiful artwork.

 As a college student, Tatyana spent a summer session at Florence Academy of Art (FAA), Florence, Italy, in 2001. That ignited her passion and devotion to realist art.

 

After the birth of her daughter in 2007, Tatyana continued her training in  painting. Because of a change in the pace of life warranted by motherhood, through observation inspired by new life and wonderment of her child, Tatyana saw the world around her with new eyes. Tatyana developed a passion for plein-air painting, always interested in the true colors and values of the subjects from life.

 

It took nearly 10 years before Tatyana returned to Florence to join the FAA full time. In 2013 Tatyana has graduated from the Academy and was one of three graduates selected as the 4th Year Prize winner, working under supervision of the Academy's Director Daniel Graves and starting her tenure as an instructor at the Academy.

 

Tatyana is a 2013 awardee of the Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a 2013 recipient of the John F. and Stacey Ann Lee Scholarship awarded to emerging realist artists in America and a prize winner at the 2013 ARC Scholarship competition.

In 2014 one of Tatyana's portraits was accepted into the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition and shown at the Mall Galleries at Trafalgar Square in London. In 2015 Tatyana's drawing "Weightless" was honored with the De Lazslo Prize for Technical Excellence at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition.

 

In 2015 Tatyana with her family moved to Wellington, New Zealand. As residents in a new country,  as well as parents to two young children, Tatyana and her family sought a place where they all can grow together. With beautiful nature abundant, the country is an inspiration to Tatyana's work. Tatyana maintains her connection to Italy and travels to her other home in Wilmington, NC.  Tatyana is the founder and owner  of Anthesis Atelier in the heart of Wellington  where   she paints portrait commissions as well as figurative work . This is also where teaches workshops as well as ongoing courses in the French Academic Method. Tatyana is represented by Bryce Gallery in Christchurch.