Meet Bali based artist Tasya

Tell us about yourself?

Hi, I am Tasya. I'm a freelance illustrator, designer, and surfer. I was born and grew up in Saint Petersburg, located by the Baltic Sea coast. It is a very beautiful city, with European-inspired architecture and culture, home of Ermitage and hundreds of museums. I love that place; it's very beautiful, charming, and inspiring. A year after my university graduation, I went on my first trip to India. Since then, I haven't returned home.

Bali had been one of my yearly travel destinations and where I discovered surfing. Since then, I can not be far from the perfect Balinese waves for a long time. My love for surfing brought me back to the island again and again - so one day, I just stopped planning my next trip and stayed here.When did you first get into art, and what was it in particular that most inspired you to do so? 

I have always been into art. I went to art school when I was a kid, and graduated art university. But it was only 6 years ago I turned it into full-time work! I have been traveling since 2012. During that time, life was about exploring new places, cultures, and people - bringing new knowledge about my life and myself. The moment I discovered surfing in 2016 brought my superpower to create back again. Are there any creative endeavors you're still hoping to tackle?

I love printmaking in many forms and am always trying out new processes. Now I am passionate about screen printing and would love to get more into it. The process is so alive and unpredictable; each screen print is unique as the colors are layered up one by one, often misaligning slightly, adding to the charm. Do you have a favorite artwork/ or creation that stands out to you the most?

I always try to work honestly and create things that reflect my state and the context of the moment. 

I love my work about dedicated women surfing in Sri Lanka as an instrument for changing social and gender roles for women in that country. When I was working on it, it was my favorite work. 

I love the first surf girls patterns created. I made it when I'd just discovered the beauty of surfing but had to be apart from the ocean for some time. In this work, I expressed all my boundless love and passion for my newfound love. 

Some work I loved was back in 2018 for the Seea. I designed a bunch of illustrations about their recycled fabric line, how the materials are turned into surf-ready swimsuits, and solutions for reducing environmental impact.

A beloved project at the moment is my surfboard fins project. I've always been searching for the perfect product for my prints. Finally, I came up with Kookumbra - fiberglass fins brand made with a passion for surfing and art. It's so magical to surf something you have created yourself!

Your biggest achievement so far?

My first hang ten

What does the future hold?

I believe in the future, the world will be changed towards more love, peace, compassion, and freedom.

About my plans: It's too early to tell, but I hope I will get to Hawaii this year and have an art exhibition.

What other hobbies or passions do you have?

Surfing of course, passionately petting all stray cats, and playing lateral thinking puzzles with my fiancé on the road trip.

Where can we find your work, and how can and how can readers best support your creative journey??

Quickfire questions:

Hidden Talent?

Cat whispering

One thing you can't live without?

Morning cup of coffee and croissant

Current song on repeat?

Mosaic - Tiflis Transit

Scared of?

Sail a boat scared me to death

Quote to live by?

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

I’m inspired by the water, the sun, the moon, and the stars. My countless wipeouts, my dreams of noseriding, and the feeling I get when sliding across the face of a wave.

Meg Jacovino