ABOUT TANYA MIKAELA
One of a handful of contemporary artists who virtually “paint with paper,” Tanya Mikaela’s collages express her spiritual journey, her passion for life and the allure of the Divine Feminine. By tearing and layering re-claimed paper she’s developed an organic freedom of expression that continues to evolve. Tanya credits her daily meditation and affirmative prayer practices as being the gateway to her creative process. Every day of creativity begins by connecting to Spirit, allowing her to lead from her heart and get out of the way - trusting what wants to come through.
"Collage mirrors life - layer, layer, layer… peel some back and layer some more. Every day is fresh, always something new to nudge it forward. What feels right one day might get covered up the next. That’s cool, stay in the flow, free the mind and trust! There are no mistakes so just keep tearing and layering. Don’t look back or try to repeat - allow the newness - allow it to show me what it wants to be - allow for surprise and delight. Release attachment to what it is in any way or to details along the way. Never let anything become so precious that the good of the whole cannot be served. Just… allow! It’s got to feel good so, If that’s not happening take a break and go do something fun! Then, return with fresh eyes and ask, what’s next? Breathe, listen and be light. This is a dance, a partnership, co-creation at it’s best! In the end, it will all be perfectly imperfect. Life is like that. Suddenly - all those dazzling bits of pattern and color magically weave together and alchemize brilliantly into something whole and new. My heart is full. There is a knowing. This is when it tells me it’s finally okay to fall in love
and then… to step back and set it free.” - Tanya Mikaela
In the same way that Tanya channels her collages, she also creates healing artifacts from driftwood, clay, crystals and assorted findings. Her Wisdom Wands, Wise Women and Talisman incorporate a variety materials into upcycled and wearable works of art.
It is Tanya’s firm belief that we are all creative beings! As a Spiritual Practitioner or “soul-coach,” she loves to assist others in discovering their own passion in order to release their innate creativity. She’s just completed her first book, The Circle - A Woman’s Guide to Joy, Passion and Authenticity - guiding communities of women to a joy-filled and inspired life.
• Syracuse University, Drama and Dance
• BFA, Parsons School of Design
• ALSP, Agape University, Agape International Spiritual Center
• Member - Collage Artists of America
• Member - Los Angeles Experimental Artists Group II
• Co-Lead, The Art and Beauty Ministry - Agape International Spiritual Center
• Former Co-Lead, The Women’s Ministry - Agape International Spiritual Center
Collage Artists of America (first place)
American Art Awards (multiple, including first place)
Peace Project (multiple)
• Doctors without Borders
• Women Against Gun Violence
• The Rescue Train
• The Peace Project
• Feeding America