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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

Tanya Bell was born in Qazaqstan. She completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Language Education. After a few years of teaching, Tanya and her family began experiencing the joys and challenges of working and living in various countries in Central Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe. During these travels, she found herself increasingly drawn to painting.

As a child, Tanya often drew and painted, but the travels brought changes. She wanted to capture the beauty of different places. The 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 as 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.

Tanya currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, US. She works out of a small studio in her home, where she continues to build her skills and her 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


Class of 2016 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Concentrating in Classical Painting and Drawing, Florence Classical Arts Academy, Italy
Class of 2011 Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Florence, Italy
Class of 2000 Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature, Qazaqstan
Class of 1995 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Qazaqstan


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 Figure Drawing, Repin Academy of Art, St.Petersburg, Russia
2015 S.Terekhina, Female Portrait in Oil, Florence, Italy
2015 S.Chubirko, Classical Figure in Costume, Drawing, Florence, Italy
2014 S.Terekhina, Italian 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