Tanya Herrera

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Neighborhood: Bayview
SFOS 2020
Revere Avenue Studios
1401 Griffith Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

I am a 36 yr old first generation Costa Rican American, born and raised in the Bay Area. I have made art for as long as I can remember, It was the only thing I wanted to do as a kid. I experimented with traditional mediums throughout middle school, high school and into college, challenging myself to ask, "what else is there?" I continued working with a wide variety of modern art techniques until the age of 25. I discovered pyrography when trying to find different methods to make an impression of a stencil on a piece of wood, since then I have been burning pyrography in the traditional method for the past decade (10 years on wood, 7 years on leather and 5 on bone).

I have chosen to keep the antiqued technique alive by recreating my work for a modern age, all the while intentionally reducing my carbon footprint through repurposing materials. I'm still constantly building on skills and talent handed down through genetics creating every piece I make to reflect the rarity that is me.