Tanya Herrera

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Neighborhood: Bayview
Group Affiliation: Revere Avenue Studios

Tanya Herrera - Pyrographer and Heat Artist
I am a 37 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 through elementary school, middle school, high school and into college, challenging myself to ask, "what else is there?" I continued testing a wide variety of modern art techniques until the age of 25. I discovered pyrography by trying to make the impression of a stencil on a piece of wood in a different way. Since then I have been burning pyrography in the traditional method going on 13 years on wood, 9 years on leather and another 7 years on bone.

My beginnings with heat art crystallized in 2016 when after years of failures I successfully developed a medium I call "Fire Stenciling" and "Fire drawing". The idea also originated from the want to make the impression of a stencil on a piece of wood in a different way. It mimics the feeling of a painted or stenciled piece but instead brightly colored paint it is burned and monochromatic.

The most recent heat art medium is a series of heat molded vinyl records accompanied by 3 different kinds of metal leaf. After molding the record, I guild gold, copper or aluminum to the vinyl and then apply the final step, a productive clear coat of resin.

I have chosen to keep alive antiqued techniques by recreating them 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.

Events Created

  • FourSquared Closing reception
    October 9, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Closing reception for a group show at Arc Gallery in the SoMa district of San Francisco. FourSquared is a unique...

  • Latino Heritage Studio Sale
    October 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to October 11, 2021 - 1:00pm
    Tanya’s Art Studio (by appointment only): Latino Heritage Sale at the studio! Celebrate Latino Heritage month in style...
  • Live Pyrography @ Paxton Gate
    October 1, 2021 - 11:00pm to October 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

    See in person live Pyrography demonstrations by the Bay Area Native and local San Francisco artist Tanya Herrera....

Participating Events

  • Revere St. Open Studios
    October 9, 2021 - 11:00am to October 10, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Three artists in the Revere St. Building will be open during the event. 

    Vince Koloski - 1094 Revere Ave. #...

  • Public Glass Open Studios
    October 16, 2021 - 11:00am to October 17, 2021 - 6:00pm
    SFOS at Public Glass is showing work from both glass and non glass artists in the Hot Shop and lobby! Come by and see...