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The stars were my best friends. The air was full of legends and phantoms, full of mythical and fairytale creatures, which suddenly flew away over the roof, so that one was at one with firmament.
— Marc Chagall
Taya Bell was born in Kazakhstan. She completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Language Education. After a few years of teaching, Taya and her family began experiencing the joys and challenges of working and living in various countries in Central Asia, Africa, and Europe. During these travels, she found herself increasingly drawn to painting.
As a child, Taya often drew and painted, but the travels brought changes. She wanted to capture the beauty of places and people. Painting grew to be her greatest passion. A decision to get a serious professional art education came while in Ethiopia in 2010.
After receiving a Fine Arts degree in ‘Academic Drawing and Painting’ in Florence, Italy, she moved to Latvia to pursue a career of a painter. In Riga she opened a studio and began teaching drawing, composition, and oil painting.
Importantly, she was offered a solo exhibition for her work at the Rezekne Art Center of Latvia and was chosen as one of the top Latvian artists for a major exhibition at the Mark Rothko Museum and Art Center in 2018.
In 2019, Taya moved with her husband to Ecuador. They live in a small, beautiful Andean town, where she continues to build her skills and portfolio.
|2021||Wall Calendar, 5782 (2022), Chabad Riga, Latvia (illustrated)|
|2020||Rosh Hashanah, L’Chaim International Jewish News (Magazine Cover)|
|2018||Mark Rothko Museum, Exhibition Catalogue, Daugavpils, Latvia|
|2018||GORS Art Magazine, January-issue, Rezekne, Latvia|
|2017||“My Secret Double”, Exhibition Catalogue, Riga, Latvia|
|2013 – 2016||Russian Academy of Art, Florence, Italy|
|2010 -2011||Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy|
|2017||Art EST, Plenair, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2017||Birini Pils, Latvian Artist Plenair|
|2015||N. Blokhin, Portrait and Figure Painting, Repin Academy of Art, St.Petersburg, Russia|
|2015||Anatomy of the Nude Figure, Drawing, Repin Academy of Art, St.Petersburg, Russia|
|2015||S.Terekhina, Female Portrait in Oil, Florence, Italy|
|2015||S.Chubirko, Figure in Costume, Drawing, Florence, Italy|
|2014||S.Terekhina, Landscape, Fiuggi, Italy|
|2013||A. Bakhtin, Human Anatomy in Dynamic”, Florence, Italy|
|2011||A. Markovic, Still life with Limited Palette, Florence, Italy|
|2010||M.Correia, Sight-Seeing Figure Sketching, Atelier AA, Florence, Italy|
|2008||M.Harris, Contemporary Seascape and Wild Life, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|2007||R. Kleijer, Still Life Drawing and Composition, Tashkent, UZ|
Solo and Group Shows
|2020||Modern Artists, Art Studio, St.Petersburg, Russia.|
|2019||“My Secret Double”, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR|
|2018||100 in Latvian Art Show, Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, LV|
|2018||“From where comes joy”, Solo Exhibition, Rezekne, LV|
|2018||Plein Air, Tartu, Estonia|
|2017||“The Beauty of Landscape”, Birini Palace, Latvia|
|2017||“My Secret Double”, Riga Congress House Art Hall, Latvia|
|2016||“Maestro, Teacher, Student”, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy|
|2014||“Waters of Fiuggi”, Fiuggi Terme Auditorium, Italy|
|2010||“Master Bargue and Plates”, Angel Academy Atelier, Italy|
|2008||“Contemporary Nature”, ‘Sheraton Art Hall’, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|